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Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I got this pattern from Scroll Saw Art Puzzles by Tony Burns. The projects seem more like segmentation than puzzles, but they are still neat. I made this one for my wife for her birthday. She has brown eyes and I have blue so the penguins reflect that. I colored the wood with watered down acrylic paints. It really raised the grain. I think next time I'll use stain or dye so I don't have to deal with it. Finally, I clear coated it with acrylic spray. They're pretty neat. Would make great items for a craft show.

3/4" Poplar
Colored with watered down acrylics
Clear coated with spray acrylic.


Steven Yackel said...

This is a great looking project. I like the way that the colors came out with the acrylics, crisp color without losing the wood grain. Are there other ways of dealing with the grain raising?

Travis said...

Thank You. They are neat items. You could spritz the puzzle with water to pre-raise the grain then sand it down. That will minimize the grain raising during the painting. You could also give it a couple coats of clear acrylic spray to seal the wood, then add your color, then topcoat it with clear acrylic spray. I haven't tried this yet, but will pretty soon.

You could also use stain or some other non-water based colorant. Some people use leather dye, I've also seen buffing wax used as well. I'm not sure how well that would work for puzzles, though.

Good luck on your next project!


hi Travis, This is a nice piece of work. Great job.