I had an older gentleman share the art and fun of scrollsaw, but my wife did not feel that it should adorn our walls so I gave a lot to friends as gifts. I also made some gourd shaped ends that were joined with seperated lathe. The top handle shap of the ends were joined with a dowel rod. I then would cut out a pattern of two trees growing together and put a set on both ends. I gave them as wedding presents.
My scroll sawing dwindled and I thought I would carve woodcuts or linoleum cuts and print T-shirts. As I thought about it I thought; Wow scroll saw patterns are just like or similar to wood cuts. So now I decorate my T-shirts with wildlife. I cut the pattern out of 1/4 inch plywood after I enlarge the pattern on a copy machine. Then I mount the 1/4 cut out pattern on a piece of 1 x board or 1/2 plywood so I have some thing to grab and something to put weight down on the pattern. I put the pattern on the backing board and then I put a pencil in a washer and run the washer around the outside of the pattern so I have a cut line. I glue it to the backing with Gorilla wood glue. then after its dry. I roll that pattern with Tulip fabric paint that I've added Ellenes fabric fusion adhesive to and mixed. I roll it on thick. I like Lora Irish patterns because they are big cuts and not fine line blade cuts. The fine lines fill in with the paint. I then put a piece of cardboard between the layers of the shirt.. I then lay the pattern on my shirt and press down. I then have someone hold the shirt down on the side Im going to lift first. I pick it up on one side and continue until the shirt leaves the pattern. I then hang them on a chair to cure for 72 hours. Make sure theres no ink on your fingers when your pressing and don't shake the shirt after printing because some droplets could land elsewhere on the shirt. I have decorated shirts with the tree of life, the chinese coin, budda, a huge black bear head, mallard ducks, black bass.
Its alot of fun. I thought about doing the days of the weeks but I would only wear the friday one.
Hey Craig - what a great hobby! Any pictures to share? I have neer used the scroll saw, but it sure sounds fun!
I wish I did but photo uploading and transfering are not my fortee. I just put a buffalo on the back of one of my hooded sweatshirts with eagle feathers on either side of the front zipper. Scroll sawing is fun and creative. Check out The Wooden Teddy Bear for patterns or go to amazon and check out scroll saw books. You can do segmentation or Intarsia also.
You spray the back of your paper pattern with spray adhesive then you slap it onto a piece of wood. For inside cuts you drill a small hole and then feed the blade through and connect and then cut out the inside cut. I'm sure there are videos on U tube to give you ideas. Today I even thought about making my own camoflage shirts with different colored leaves.