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Patchwork Heart

This pattern was inspired by our quilting mothers. 
Finished in bright, primary colors, this pin makes a versatile addition to a wardrobe.
It is a good project to practice work with changing grain dynamics.


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Patchwork Heart Pattern on a Spool


TOOLS -- carving knife, pencil, saw, toothbrush, optional: tracing wheel

SUPPLIES --pinback (3/4-in), glue, sandpaper

WOOD -- 1-1/4" x 1-1/4 x 1/4" basswood strip


  1. Paints:  bright red, Kelly green, yellow, Dutch blue, optional: antique gel
  2. Brush:  #1, 00, flat or round
  3. Sealers:  fast-dry lacquer, acrylic sealer


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  1. Transfer the pattern to the wood.   Cut out the blank.
  2. Using paring cuts, remove the saw marks on the edge of the blank.
  3. Round the edges of the heart. Beware the changes in grain dynamics.  If the knife cuts "chunks", reverse the direction of the cut.
  4. Draw the "patches" onto the heart.  Use two shallow V-cuts to define the patches.  Round off the hard lines so that the edges are smooth.   
  5. Smooth and round-up as desired.   Brush the carving with the toothbrush to remove loose chips.
  6. Clean-up the fuzzies.  Sand as needed.
  7. Damp brush the carving, using a toothbrush and soapy water.  Pat dry and leave to dry.
  8. Spray with quick-dry lacquer to seal the wood and let dry.
  9. Paint and let dry.
  10. .Spray with acrylic sealer and let dry.
  11. If using antiquing, apply "stitches" to the patches using a tracing wheel.
  12. Apply antiquing gel if desire.   Re-seal and let dry.
  13. Glue pinback and let dry.
  14. Sign and date the project.  It is done !!

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Revised:  2001-01-01


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