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This is my first attempt at making a pattern from a photo. I'll start scrolling it today and post a final pic when done.
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Karen,

Which method did you use to convert the photo?

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I don't see a picture?
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Great pattern. Why nott it on a scroll saw forum.
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What method do you use to transfer the picture to the wood?
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Hi Karen - you have some nice delicate work ahead - how are you getting on with non-spiral blades?
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I use photos as guides for patterns quite often. The difference is I sketch all my patterns free-hand. Working on some new chess piece designs just now.

You didn't need to start a new thread to show your pattern. Could have just posted in your original thread. Gets too confusing when you have more than one thread on the same subject.

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I uploaded it, sorry about that. The pattern needs a little touch up.

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Karen,

I've looked closely at your picture, and there are many very narrow areas of white which will not have very much support after you have cut away the black around them. You will need to be very careful when you cut these areas to avoid having them break out. Whenever I'm faced with doing a picture like this I mark the delicate areas of the pattern with a highlighter and then cut them out after I've completed the larger, more supported areas. Cutting them out later reduces the handling of these delicate areas and gives them a better chance of surviving, but they can still sometimes break off. If they do, save them and carefully glue them back after you have completed doing the rest of the cutting. Avoid getting glue on the front surface, and no one, but you, will ever know that it broke off.

I use Photoshop for converting photos to make scroll saw patterns and frequently do small touch-ups to alter and widen the delicate connection points in order to make my patterns a bit stronger and easier to cut out. Most any photo processing software can be used this way, once you have worked with it for a while and learned the steps.
I've come to enjoy challenging myself with intricate, delicate work like this.

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Thank you everyone for the kind comments.

I scan the image, change it to Blk & Wht, adjust the brightness, print it out, and freehand adjustments and re-scan it.

I have both Spiral Reverse and Flat Reverse blades, I still need experience turning tight areas with the flat, but I'm catching on. I'm beginning to favor the flat blades because of the clean cut. The spiral blades are much easier for me to use but the cut needs cleaned up.

I didn't realize this thread loaded twice, I need to delete one.

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