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post #141 of 238
What's a Dremel? I know it's a brand of tools, but are you guys referring to a scroll saw? Are they supposed to be the best?
post #142 of 238
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What's a Dremel? I know it's a brand of tools, but are you guys referring to a scroll saw? Are they supposed to be the best?
A dremel is a small power-tool that you can use to round the edges of your toy a bit (similar in size and shape to an electric screw-driver---you just put different heads on it depending on what you want to do). It's an optional thing. If you've got one, they're fine, but if not, just use a bit of sandpaper.
post #143 of 238
Does this look like a decent scroll saw?

And is this a decent dremel?
post #144 of 238
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OOps! She's not on MDC. I thought she was. Anyway she's super nice and encouraging for other people to make stuff!
Hi! So funny to stumble on a thread where I'm being talked about. I don't get time to post here much but I am around.

AmandaLeigh - no worries about your designs, as long as they are just for your own use, this is what I encourage and why I write the tutorials in the first place!

NewMama - honestly, the used $75 dremel brand scroll saw isn't a very good deal. Variable speed ones (not dual speed) are the ones to get. The Dremel brand saws aren't the greatest. They work, but I highly recommend the Delta brand variable speed ones - which often go on sale for around $90 at hardware stores. I used my Delta for over a year and beat it to shreds - making over 1000 toys. It is still going strong but I've since upgraded to a professional model Hegner. If anyone is local (Los Angeles) and wants my old Delta let me know!
post #145 of 238
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Hi! So funny to stumble on a thread where I'm being talked about. I don't get time to post here much but I am around.

AmandaLeigh - no worries about your designs, as long as they are just for your own use, this is what I encourage and why I write the tutorials in the first place!

NewMama - honestly, the used $75 dremel brand scroll saw isn't a very good deal. Variable speed ones (not dual speed) are the ones to get. The Dremel brand saws aren't the greatest. They work, but I highly recommend the Delta brand variable speed ones - which often go on sale for around $90 at hardware stores. I used my Delta for over a year and beat it to shreds - making over 1000 toys. It is still going strong but I've since upgraded to a professional model Hegner. If anyone is local (Los Angeles) and wants my old Delta let me know!
Hey! I wasn't wrong!! I keep waiting for your etsy tutorial video to get posted up. (I'm Lyneya.)
-Shannon
post #146 of 238
PS - did this scroll saw video tutorial get posted here yet? Was part of the Natural Toys webinar: Scroll Saw Toy Tutorial
post #147 of 238
Hi there! I saw your video on Etsy and thought it was great -- very inspiring. I wish I were in LA to get your saw -- would shipping be outrageous?

Oh, and are you on FB? I friended you, if so.

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Hi! So funny to stumble on a thread where I'm being talked about. I don't get time to post here much but I am around.

AmandaLeigh - no worries about your designs, as long as they are just for your own use, this is what I encourage and why I write the tutorials in the first place!

NewMama - honestly, the used $75 dremel brand scroll saw isn't a very good deal. Variable speed ones (not dual speed) are the ones to get. The Dremel brand saws aren't the greatest. They work, but I highly recommend the Delta brand variable speed ones - which often go on sale for around $90 at hardware stores. I used my Delta for over a year and beat it to shreds - making over 1000 toys. It is still going strong but I've since upgraded to a professional model Hegner. If anyone is local (Los Angeles) and wants my old Delta let me know!
post #148 of 238
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PS - did this scroll saw video tutorial get posted here yet? Was part of the Natural Toys webinar: Scroll Saw Toy Tutorial
Hooray! Last I checked that wasn't up yet! Thanks for posting!!
post #149 of 238
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Hi! So funny to stumble on a thread where I'm being talked about. I don't get time to post here much but I am around.

AmandaLeigh - no worries about your designs, as long as they are just for your own use, this is what I encourage and why I write the tutorials in the first place!
Hello And thanks. I think I've read your whole blog in the past few days... I don't know how you find the time but all of your work is amazing!
post #150 of 238
I just wanted to announce that I got a jigsaw for Christmas. I want to start working tomorrow!! :
post #151 of 238
Yea!

I gave my dp a Dremel for Christmas and told him to get to work! lol
post #152 of 238
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PS - did this scroll saw video tutorial get posted here yet? Was part of the Natural Toys webinar: Scroll Saw Toy Tutorial
Cool. I wish I could have seen that before I made mine, haha. But mine came out nicely. I think I'm going to get some beeswax finish or make some, because I didn't like the mineral oil finish. I want something more shiny. Does anyone have any good recipes for a beeswax polish?
post #153 of 238
I think I've asked this before, but where do you find wood? I went to Lowe's and they said their wood was sustainably harvested, and didn't have any treatments. However i worry about pesticides/herbicides used on them. I bought a board of "select pine" which had fewer knots than the cheaper option.

I am also going to repurpose a broken TV tray for practicing.
post #154 of 238
Okay I tried the jigsaw and it is very rough and a little unwieldy. For $30 though, it's good for rough cuts. My mom has a Dremel that I've used to sand down the detailed cuts, and it's working nicely. When I finish, I'll post.

This is so much fun!!!! The only reason I'm not working on it right this moment is because the battery to the Dremel went out!
post #155 of 238

Re: the watercolors...

So I went to look for some today at the craft store.

I saw some watercolor tubes labeled AP certified...but no "non-toxic" label. So I passed on them.

Then I saw some labeled AP certified AND "non-toxic" but then there was a warning on the label saying they had LEAD in them, and it was labeled according to a California law.

So how can they claim it to be certified non-toxic, yet have lead in them at the same time????

There was none that claimed to be non-toxic with no warning label. I'm frustrated. This was at a Joann's store. I didn't buy any of it. Arrggh...

Arrrggghh. I didn't want to have to shop online for watercolors, but maybe I have to.
post #156 of 238
I started out using pine and oak, but I recently got some maple, and it is way nicer. I didn't really like the oak. It was too splintery and dark, and the pine is too soft. Maple is beautiful. I got some poplar too, but I haven't made any yet. For those of you copying ostheimer ones, I encourage you to draw your own animals. I'm not really artistic at all, and they came out looking really nice. Wood is a surprisingly forgiving medium. I also returned my Skil Scroll Saw and got an Hitachi one, because the Skil one stopped working.
post #157 of 238
Does anyone know how to make beeswax polish with straight beeswax? All the recipes I can find call for turpentine. Yikes!

p.s.- After using the jigsaw, I realized I definitely need the scroll saw if I'm going to get serious about this!! I found one on Craigslist for $50. I'm so excited!!!
post #158 of 238
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Does anyone know how to make beeswax polish with straight beeswax? All the recipes I can find call for turpentine. Yikes!

p.s.- After using the jigsaw, I realized I definitely need the scroll saw if I'm going to get serious about this!! I found one on Craigslist for $50. I'm so excited!!!
http://www.texasdrone.com/Recipes/Po...oss_polish.htm

I think you just melt and stir together in a crockpot then pour into a storage container to cool.
post #159 of 238
There was a recipe somewhere for beeswax polish made in a double boiler (or mason jar inside a pot) that was simply beeswax and jojoba oil.
post #160 of 238

I'm pretty sure there's a link to Amber Dusick's recipe in this thread. In fact, I'd bet that she's posted here. Edited:  See Eclectica's post below for the recipe, posted here:  :)

http://www.amberdusick.com/woodmouse_loves_crafts/2010/07/how-to-make-beeswax-wood-polish-woodmouse-recipe.html


Edited by Think of Winter - 11/15/10 at 4:34pm
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