Sunday, September 17, 2017

How to Make a Whimsical Chick with Proxxon Tools

Whimsical and primitive home decor items are great items for a beginner to make using their Proxxon tools. The lines don't have to be perfectly cut. Finish designs allow for wide interpretation. In fact, a bit of irregularity adds to the charms of fanciful decoration. Here's a whimsical chick to get you started.

Supplies and Equipment to Make the Whimsical Chick

Instruction for Making the Whimsical Chick

  1. Cut lengths of MDF on the table saw. The ¾" thick piece is for the chick's body, tail, beak, and comb. The ¼" thick piece is for the wing and feet.
  2. Print the pattern and adhere to the appropriate pieces of MDF. Cover the surface of the MDF with painter's tape. Next, spray the back of the pattern with spray adhesive, and adhere pattern to top of the painter's tape. The spray adhesive holds the pattern in place, and the painter's tape makes for easy removal.
  3. Use the band saw and scroll saw to cut out the shapes. I like to cut the straight lines on the band saw, and the curves on the scroll saw.
    Cutting curves on scroll saw
    Cutting straight lines on the band saw
  4. Arrange the body, tail, beak, and comb pieces for adding positioning marks for support pegs.
  5. With the pieces in position, scribe two matching lines on the body and accessory piece. Additionally, mark two holes on the bottom of the body piece and the center top of each foot for the "leg" cords that attach the feet.
  6. Transfer the markings to the sides of each piece.
  7. Mark the center of the width.
  8. The intersections of the positioning marks and center line mark the holes for support pegs.
  9. Using the professional rotary tool and drill stand, drill 1/8" holes for support pegs and cording to attach the feet.
  10. Coat all the pieces with gesso.
  11. When the gesso is dry, paint the pieces in your choice of colors.
  12. Glue the support pegs into tail, beak, and comb pieces, and attach to body. Glue cording for the legs in place at the bottom of the body and top of the feet.
  13. After the glue is dry, have fun decorating your whimsical chick. I used a combination of vinyl, paints, and beads on my chick.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Stencilled Fall Platter

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today working with my Proxxon Tools and Plaid Paints and stencils to create a fun Fall Platter.

The air is cooler.  The days are shorter.  It's officially Fall and time to get ready for the season.

I thought I'd create a Fall Platter that could be used for a variety of purposes from holding holiday decorations.

Perhaps even to hold seasonal fruits and veggies.

I began by sanding the platter with the Delta Sander, definitely my go-too tool for all my projects.

Next, I used the Pen Sander to sand the edges.  This tool is perfect for all those little areas you need to sand.

Once sanded, I began by painting the platter with Folk Art Milk Paint in Tavern Ale.

Next, I painted the bottom of the platter with Folk Art Milk Paint in Absinthe.

I decorated the platter with a Folk Art Stencil.  Using a foam brush, I mixed  Folk Art Brushed Metal Acrylic Paints in  Brushed Copper and Brushed Gold and Folk Art Color Shift Acrylic Paint in Red Flash and Green Flash.    These colors are truly vibrant and showcase the colors of the season.

Once dry, I painted on a layer of Milk Paint Finishing Oil and allowed it to dry.

I love how this platter turned out and see lots of ways to use it this season.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Live Love Bark

Hello friends. Larissa here today with another fun wood project.

This is a little wood bone sign for a friend who is a dog lover like me.

What I used: 

Other products: 
Small Piece of Plywood 
Plaid Chalk Paint Brushes
Chalk Pen in White
Felt Flowers

First I cut the bone out of a thin piece of plywood using my Scroll Saw.

I then smoothed the edges and any rough spots with the Delta Sander. 

I then applied 2 coats of the Black Chalk paint to cover the bone. Once is was dry I used my White Chalk Pen and wrote the words out across the front and outlined it with some white dots. 
I also added a bunch of felt flowers to the top and adhered them with hot glue. 

I placed a little hook in the back so it can be hung. 

I hope you enjoyed my post today. Have a wonderful day friends. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

How to Repurpose and Reuse a 100 yr old quilt box with Proxxon

Let me show you an easy and simple way to transform your 100 yr old quilt box with your Proxxon Delta Sander and some beautiful chalk paint from Plaid.

Supplies needed for this project:

Proxxon Delta Sander
Plaid Chalk Paint
Plaid Brush for chalk paint
Damp rag for removing dust

This was a very large and heavy quilt box that had been made by the grandfather of a friend of mine. Very primitive work, so shirt sleeves rolled up I sanded the whole thing along with the wooden top that went with it. Sand, sand, sand and then wipe everything down with a damp rag so that no dust was left behind.
Let the sanding begin!
The Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint is really wonderful stuff, thick and creamy. It goes on smoothly with the Paint Brush that Plaid sells.
Let the painting begin!
Here's the finished project. I'm trying to decide whether to stencil on the outside and decoupage the inside or leave it as is with a coat of wax on the outside. What do you think? Please check out the Proxxon Tools page, and also the Paints and other products on the Plaid page and come up with some repurposing and reusing ideas of your own. Let us see what you've made on the Proxxon Fans facebook page. In the meantime leave me a comment if you will.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Halloween witch with lights

   Scary Carol here       Today I am going to show you how to make an ugly witch shelf sitter with lights.   Halloween is coming.... time to get those fun and spooky crafts started.  Ha ha ha ha ha..gasp

Supplies and equipment:
2 pieces of 1/2" pine or other wood approx. 6x14"
1/4" thick plywood piece big enough to cut the hand and letters. 
Proxxon jig saw
Proxxon delta sander
string of mini lights and batteries
drill with various drill bits
Plaid paints
wood glue
silicone glue

I started with a scary looking pattern which I drew on a piece of paper. This is my design and anyone can use it if they want to. 

I transferred the pattern onto my wood (except the hand which is cut out separately.) then cut it out using my proxxon jigsaw .   I cut the board straight across where the hand will be but I left a little bit of height there to add strength for when you glue on the hand.   Next I cut out the hand out using the proxxon jig saw. on the smaller piece of 1/4" wood.   A proxxon mini scroll saw would really work fantastic for this as it is the perfect tool for intricate cutting.

Next, cut out all the letters for your sign. using the proxxon mini scroll saw, or the proxxon jig saw.   Sand everything with the proxxon delta sander.  This is the only tool I know that can get into all the little tight spots.  Did you know the speed is adjustable?  How cool is that?

Now you have to make a back to hold the battery pack.   I used the proxxon jig saw and cut out a pattern similar to the original one except for making a cut our where the battery pack for the lights will sit.  Glue these together and let dry. 

I painted the front witchy looking using plaid paints.  Just for fun I added a little bit of glow in the dark paint to her hands and face.

On the front side I marked where I wanted my lights to go.  I purposely wanted the lights to be in her eyes.  I used a very small drill bit to drill all the way through to the back.  This hole is large enough to let the light through but small enough the little bulb will not show.   From the back I used a larger drill bit to enlarge the from the back  This made a hole the little bulb would slide into. I took care  not to drill all the way through.

Push the lights in and seal the hole with the silicone glue.  Let dry.

Set her on a window sill on a dark night and let her shine!

Here's the little witch.  

Hope you enjoyed this project, I did.   Have a fun filled, spooky, but safe Halloween....  Best wishes,  Carol. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

How To Make a Custom Picture Frame

In addition to making projects with my Proxxon tools, I'm also a bobbin lace maker. I specialize in Withof lace, and many of the pieces that I make are small. Now I can use my Proxxon tools to make a custom picture frame that is perfect for my lace pieces. This 4½" square frame has a 2¾" square opening.

Equipment and Supplies to Make a Custom Picture Frame

Calculating the Length of the Moulding 

  1. Decide the dimensions of your frame. In this case I wanted a 4½" square frame.
  2. Add the length of the four sides together: 4½+4½+4½+4½ = 18
  3. Multiply the width of the moulding my 8. My moulding is 1" wide. 8x1 = 8
  4. Add this to the total of the four sides: 18 + 8 = 26
  5. Add an inch or two to allow breathing room in the recess so the picture doesn't fit too tightly, and to allow for the thickness of the blade as it cuts. 26 + 2 = 28"

Instructions for Making a Custom Picture Frame

  1. Set the angle on the miter saw to 45°.
  2. Firmly clamp the frame moulding in the miter saw, and make the cut.
  3. Set the saw stop for the desired length.
  4. Move the miter saw table to the opposite 45°, and make the second cut.
  5. Repeat for the other three sides of the frame.
  6. If necessary, sand your frame pieces, then finish them. I polished mine with Johnson's Paste Wax. Here you can see the difference between the top three unpolished sides and the bottom, polished one.
  7. Using wood glue, glue each of the corners together. Since I don't have framing clamps, I held the four sides together while the glue dried with painter's tape. All the sides were laid in a straight line, with a length of painter's tape along the outer edge. I painted glue on each cut surface, then "closed" the frame. 
Enjoy your custom frame!!