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  • My 1st pattern attempt.

    Constructive criticism welcome, even from Barry. Note the smiley face, Gill. My wife has light brown hair which she foolishly spends money on to highlight. This made it a really pain in the neck. By following proper procedure, most of the hair would have been cut out leaving just a few highlights with no decent way of tying in to the rest. I was forced to go this route. I'm not 100% happy with it but my wife doesn't seem to mind it. I'm sure with a bit of practice, I will improve. People do recognize her anyway so I must have done something right.
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    Mike

    Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
    www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

  • #2
    Hi Mike

    You can safely use a few more smiley faces in your posts if you're going to design and produce work to that sort of standard . Well done!

    What software did you use and how long did it take you to complete the project, from concept to finish?

    Gill
    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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    • #3
      Gill,

      Thanks much for the compliment. I used Paint Shop Pro X. I've been enrolled in the Pattern Academy thru the Free Scrollsaw Patterns site. It's not a bad tutorial. I just wish a person could advance to the next lesson a little quicker. There are 8 lessons and I've been thru the first 5. I didn't really keep track of my time on this. I would work on the pattern for a while and then pick it up again the next day and so on. I probably spent about 3 hours total on the pattern, half of which was on the silly hair. Cutting it out probably took me about 2 hours. I'll probably attempt another one next week and see if I've improved any.
      Mike

      Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
      www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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      • #4
        Mike you've come quite away's in a very short time! Congratulations!!
        We're our own worst critics, but for me, I think you did a fine job!
        Thanks for sharing, keep up the great work. And add "pattern maker" to your
        list of accomplishments
        Bill

        DeWalt 788



        aut viam inveniam aut faciam

        God gives us only what we can handle.. Apparently God thinks I am one tough cookie.....

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        • #5
          Great work
          Charlie
          "Everything Happens for a Reason"
          Craftsman 18in. 21609

          http://wolfmooncreations.weebly.com

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          • #6
            Mike, I think you captured her better than the picture. alot more softness. like I could do that. I be she loves it. Evie

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            • #7
              Mike,
              Good job sir ! Being new to this as well, I can appreciate the effort and patience involved....especially on a laptop ! I am impressed !
              Good job

              on a sidenote, I tried my best to purchase a Wacom 6 x 8 graphic pad today. Seems they are not sitting on a shelf waiting to be bought I live near Raleigh NC which would be a fairly decent market I would think, and no one has them in stock ! Everyone wants to order it for me. I really want to put my hands on it before I buy it .....oh well, the search goes on
              ...~Robert~
              DW788 and Hawk 226

              " Please let me grow to be the man my dog thinks I am "

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Minnesota scroller
                Constructive criticism welcome, even from Barry.
                Hey now...

                No criticism of that pattern from here - I think it is VERY WELL DONE. Now the real question is how did you convince your beautiful bride to marry you?

                JUST JOKING. Again nicely done!!
                ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

                D. Platt

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                • #9
                  Gill, Barry's picking on me again.

                  Robert, I just orderd the Wacom 4 X 5 from Amazon.com. They haven't sent it out yet but I think for the little bit I'll be using it for, it should do the job. One nice thing about Amazon is you can read owner reviews before you purchase. Appears that all the Wacoms I've checked rate very high. Some other brands don't. Let me know when you get yours and what you think of it.

                  Everyone else, thanks for the compliments and encouragement.
                  Mike

                  Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                  www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Minnesota scroller
                    Gill, Barry's picking on me again.
                    I'm not picking.... I ask myself the same question 50 times a day....Just looking for an answer cuz I ain't got one!
                    ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

                    D. Platt

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                    • #11
                      Hey Mike,
                      Great pattern and cutting! Did you stack cut this for Christmas presents, great for in-laws? Keep up the great work. I am up to lesson 7 that arrived yesterday. Haven't had time to check it out though. Busy work schedule! Maybe Sunday????

                      Practice......Practice......Practice....!

                      Tim
                      "All it Takes For the Forces of EVIL to Rule Is For Enough GOOD People To DO NOTHING!"

                      Saws: Excaliber 30; Dewalt 788 'Twins', Makita SJ401 (Retired), Grizzly G1012 18" Bandsaw

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                      • #12
                        I'm not sure why Barry would ask himself 50 times a day why Mike's wife married Mike.

                        Hmmm... could be more than scrolling rivalry here .
                        There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                        (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sawduster
                          Mike,
                          on a sidenote, I tried my best to purchase a Wacom 6 x 8 graphic pad today. Seems they are not sitting on a shelf waiting to be bought I live near Raleigh NC which would be a fairly decent market I would think, and no one has them in stock ! Everyone wants to order it for me. I really want to put my hands on it before I buy it .....oh well, the search goes on
                          Here's a thought - do you have a college, community college even, near you? I enrolled my daughter (10th grade HS) in a college art class and when I took her to the first session, there were a couple of other students working with what I am going to assume was a Wacom graphic pad. You might be able to talk to a graphics art teacher and see if you can get a demonstration from them?


                          And to Mike - great job!!

                          Theresa E
                          Theresa

                          http://WoodNGoods.weebly.com

                          http://woodngoods.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            looks good...I saw one of your pictures in the scroller galleries and it was pretty kick...well, you know.

                            you deffinitely have that style down. I have seen some people do some mis-justice to that type of scrolling, but that's sure not you.

                            Think that was maybe John Wayne I was looking at that you did, and it was grade A.
                            Jeff Powell

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                            • #15
                              Hi Mike,

                              Nice work.

                              There were a couple of things that bothered me though: the bridges on the chin and the mouth, and the nose seemed incomplete.

                              I tried to make a pattern from the picture last night and failed miserably: I couldn't match the nice way you did the hair, even trying multiple times.

                              So believe me when I tell you that this is meant as constructive criticism, I prove to myself last night that I couldn't do as good a job as you did of creating the pattern

                              So, plan b: I took your cut and modified it a little with what I think adds to the look. You may agree, or not with my improvement suggestions, and you probably can improve even more on them. But here it is for your review.

                              Regards,
                              Marcel
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                              http://marleb.com
                              DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

                              NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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