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  • beachburl
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    Ya, Brian, those stands are incredible.
    Great idea and completion.

    Noel

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  • Egon
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    Those are nice stands. Compliment the ornament and add a whole lot of sophistication to both!

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  • scroudt
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    Christmas ornaments or just on the shelf ornaments.

    here's one of mine with the stands I make.
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  • agenkin
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    I am not selling mine, but have a look on Etsy, there are a few for sale between 28 and 60 bucks.

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  • DaveN
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    What do these types of ornaments typically sell for?
    Feel free to tell me to mind my own business 😜
    Dave

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  • scroudt
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    Those look great. I use a 1 1/4" oval skew on the majority of my finials. I use a 3/8" spindle gouge between the onion and base. Also have a 1/4" detail gouge, but only occasionally use it.

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  • Egon
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    Nice.
    It is always encouraging to use materials one has gathered by themselves.

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  • agenkin
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    Made some ornaments, too. Wood is oak of unknown variety (from neighbour's tree).

    This is my first small spindle work, need to improve technique and get some tools for turning finials. The smallest spindle gouge I have is 1/2", and it was hard to work the details. Thanks for the inspiration and information.

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  • Glenn from Winnipeg
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    Beautiful and very Novel. Very appealing. Nicely done

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  • scroudt
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    Originally posted by agenkin View Post
    Do you finish the urchins with anything?
    Thanks!

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    I spray them with 2 or 3 coats of clear Krylon.

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  • agenkin
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    Do you finish the urchins with anything?
    Thanks!

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  • KenL
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    Realy nice ornaments Brian! Thanks for sharing them with us and good luck with the sales.

    Ken

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  • scroudt
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    Originally posted by beachburl View Post
    Were those ones your wife bought you, Brian?

    Noel
    Yes they are. And I just had more arrive yesterday

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  • scroudt
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    Originally posted by agenkin View Post

    Thanks! How do you ensure good finial alignment, given how irregular the shells are? I've been thinking that there could be a dowel between the finial and the top lid, just for alignment.
    I have a cone shaped sander to even out the surface of the holes. Cindy Drozda has a great video on utube showing how it's done.

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  • MartyFromKingston
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    Brian,

    Those are very lovely. Might I make a suggestion? If these are selling so quickly that you can hardly keep up with the demand, I'd suggest you double your asking price immediately. Or mayber triple it. The simple reason is that if they're selling that quickly it's because clients recognize the exceptional value. By raising the price you may lose the odd sale but more than make up for it with the increased profit.

    Don't sell yourself short. Remember that when you bring in your car to have the oil changed, an apprentice being paid slightly more than minimum wage spends all of 15 minutes doing the work, and the company charges you $50 plus HST for the job. Now, if changing oil is worth $200 per hour, then your work - which requires skills significantly more valuable than that needed to change oil - is worth that, too.

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