Lady Bug Counting Puzzle

 

Completed: June 2017

These puzzles were made as a birthday gift for a friends little girl. They were inspired by a project on Lumberjocks.com posted by Sheila Landry. From the moment I saw these, I wanted to make some but had no reason to (all my kids are much too old for this sort of thing). So when the opportunity arose, I jumped into action. First I had to make patterns which honestly took the longest in this process. Then I milled down some off cut hard maple and set about making these ladybugs. Most of this project is done on the scroll saw (which I haven’t used in years) and the drill press. My wife even helped out by painting them. The paint used is milk paint with a food safe wax for a sealant. the wax imparted a vintage look, removing light amounts of the paint during application. All in all I am pleased with the project and the recipients really seemed to like them as well.

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