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Old 11-30-2008, 10:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This is a shameless brag, because I spent sooo much time working on this

Birthday Ring

I wasn't really liking any of the options for birthday ring ornaments, so I decided to make my own. I wanted to make all woodland animals and a couple trees. I drew the patterns free hand, using Ostheimer shapes and animal photos for inspiration. Then, I cut the shapes out of 1 inch poplar, and shaped with a dremel tool. I painted them with milk paint and added a coat of beeswax finish. Its not perfect, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out, so I thought I would share!

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It's beautiful! What a blessing to your little guy.

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Absolutely beautiful job! And what a great way to celebrate such a special day!

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It is really lovely - I wish I could make something from wood like that.
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Beautiful job, Mama! I love it!

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Wow! In my opinion, that's way better than the ones you can order! You did a lovely job.

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Gorgeous! You are quite talented! I much prefer your ornaments to the readily available ones.

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Thanks everyone!
Now I know why the Ostheimer figures are so pricey...it really is a lot of work!

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wow... that is very very lovely!! I wish i had your talent for working with wood! I am sure you LO will treasure it!

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Wow that is truly beautiful! You could sell them on etsy

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Woah! That is fantastic!
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Beautiful!!
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That is AWESOME!! Fantastic!
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Wow! Your craftwomanship is beautiful. You really did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.
I'd love to try and make one for my ds and dd, but I've never done any woodworking. Dh has a dremel tool and he has never used it.
Just curious, where do you find poplar wood?
Did you cut out the shapes using a saw?
I really like the ostheimer and engelberger wooden animals but I simply can't afford them. Making them myself would be much more economical and satisfying I think! I learned to knit for the same reasons.
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Oh my heavens! That is the most beautiful birthday ring I've ever seen!
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Wow!! That is truly beautiful! I like it more than the one I bought this year.... and the fact that you made it makes it even more special. What a lucky son you have!

Amanda , mama to my two boys: N (10/06) and : A (7/09)
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Wow! Your craftwomanship is beautiful. You really did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.
I'd love to try and make one for my ds and dd, but I've never done any woodworking. Dh has a dremel tool and he has never used it.
Just curious, where do you find poplar wood?
Did you cut out the shapes using a saw?
I really like the ostheimer and engelberger wooden animals but I simply can't afford them. Making them myself would be much more economical and satisfying I think! I learned to knit for the same reasons.
I got the poplar at Home Depot. I just got a 1 inch thick (though it is more like 3/4 inch), 6 inch wide, 3 foot long piece and I have a lot left. It is harder than pine, but softer than maple. I used my Dad's old scroll saw to cut the shapes. I would think you could use a hand saw, but it would take a lot longer.

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simply beautiful! what else is there to say? i am thoroughly impressed!

b.t.w. are you happy with the finish? that was my plan for finishing dd's dollhouse, milk paint and beeswax. i'd love you opinion!
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Your son's birthday ring is breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!!
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Very impressive. And add me to the list of people who think you should sell them on etsy.
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simply beautiful! what else is there to say? i am thoroughly impressed!

b.t.w. are you happy with the finish? that was my plan for finishing dd's dollhouse, milk paint and beeswax. i'd love you opinion!
The milk paint took a little while to get used to. By the time I painted the last figure - the tree - I finally got it to work how I wanted it to! Maybe I should put a thread in arts/crafts with what I learned...

The milk paint by itself dries pretty dull and chalky, but the beeswax puts a nice luster on it.

Overall, I like the finish, but I don't know how it would hold up to daily play. Obviously, the birthday figures won't get handled much.

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Wow, what a beautiful job. Seriously, that is amazing! You are very talented, and what a great gift for him!

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The birthday ring is just beautiful.
You should be very proud of yourself. Great work!

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Wow, that is truly amazing and beautiful! I am so impressed with your craftmanship and I'm sure that will be an item to be treasured through many generations!

(May I please be first in line in case you ever decide to sell these ? )

Happy Birthday to your son!

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let me know if you decide to quit your day job and start taking orders

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To those who have said I should sell these...
Figuring the amount of time to cut, sand, and paint, (2 hours per figure at the least) I would need to ask at least $15 per figure for it to be worth selling and that seems outrageous! 15 x 11 = yikes! Would anyone pay that!

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yup, that's too much for us.

where did you get the ring base though? it's nice too, or did you make that o-talented-one?

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Beautiful!

Where can I get one?

Jen
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To those who have said I should sell these...
Figuring the amount of time to cut, sand, and paint, (2 hours per figure at the least) I would need to ask at least $15 per figure for it to be worth selling and that seems outrageous! 15 x 11 = yikes! Would anyone pay that!
It would depend on how custom you're willing to make them. Regardless, you did a wonderful job!

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Wow! Gorgeous!
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