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attaining a snowflake

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To start one needs a program like Rapid resizer then go to Pinterest... maybe like a few thousand flakes to choose from..

 Find one you like and click on it to make it the largest size on the screen before you click on to Save as and here I use Documents to store this type of pictures.

 

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 Now you need a printer. No big deal here for I use for this is a Canon # 2522. About two or three months ago it was on sale  for less than 20 bucks.

  Once the picture is stored in documents I go to Rapid resizer and bring up the picture after I search documents.

 The picture shows it will be about 10" tall and 8.90" wide. Click on print and it will go to a screen  and tell it how many copies and be sure the printer it on and push start. This size it will make two copies and you will have to cut down the line on the one you will attach it to the other side...

 Daughter gave me some 12" squares of 1/4" BB and this is perfect for the flakes. 

   I want to make two snowflakes so I  put clear Scotch brand shipping tape on one  piece of wood spray stickum on attach the pattern. I usually print out a few copies for later use and store them where I can't find them later...A strange habit I have.

  Okay, once the pattern is applied I find a number drill bit a couple of .oo2 smaller than the finish nails. I will cut 4 1/4" pieces of BB at once so I make sure the finish nails I use wil be a hair shorter then the stack of wood.. Go to the drill press and while a couple of black spring clamps are holding the wood straight I drill the holes for the nails. I like to leave the nails sticking up an 1/8" or so to have some for my fingers to push on while turning the wood.

 This flake is about the simplest I could find  but still has rounded  points. Thirteen inside cuts ain't bad so that is quickly taken care of then one continual sawing without stopping..

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 Since this is going to be a compounded type you can see where the center of the other two pieces will be glued to I made a hair wider. Also see where the nails will be cut away.

  Once the pattern is removed from the top piece I draw a straight line on two of the pieces and scroll saw the line.

  I sure do like the All Pro sand paper 3M makes for I use it  to knock the  fuzzies off the bottoms of the pieces...Its very soft and flexible but for some strange reason Home Depot was the only place that stocked it then they quit selling it...The only time I use it is for knocking the fuzz off of the first coats of lacquer and the fuzzies on scroll saw projects and it last forever...

   I didn't use epoxy on these for the long skinny line is easy to put the poxy where it ain't wanted so I used Aleene's brown bottle glue.. It dries clear and is strong when it sets up...  The only reason why I use the products I do is because I test it all and don't especially do the norm.IMG_20191114_101132538.jpg.4f6eed8308bdc0ac9bd925ca60179bc6.jpg

  Check out my not staying on the lines. A person does not have to be a good scroll sawer for this and its hard to see any flaws when finished with the project..I found a pattern, cut it out then glued it up in less than a day.

  Only my thinking but a scroll saw snowflake is much more like the real thing than the table saw thingy! And a whole lot less steps in doing so. This one is 1/4" where the small ones are 1/8" BB.

 

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