Wood Ornaments

Wish Ornament by Laura Bray Designs

Last year, my husband trimmed some branches from one of our trees.  I thought one of the branches was the perfect width to cut discs from and asked that it be saved and cut for me. 

First, I was told the branch couldn't be cut because it needed to be "cured" (i.e. sit outside in the yard).  Then it just forgotten. But this Saturday I asked that it be cut (I think a year of "curing" is adequate, don't you?).  I was so excited to find a lovely circular grain pattern in each disc and immediately ran upstairs to my studio and began to play with the discs.  I drew on most of them with a Micron pen and then used colored pencils to add some color.  I painted a couple, but I really love the way wood grain is the main focus on the unpainted ones, so I think I'll keep them as is.  I especially love the dandelion "wish" flower ornament.

Wood Ornaments-handmade by Laura Bray

I think some of the discs just might be made into ornaments and loaded into my Etsy Shop soon.  I just need to figure out the best way to seal them first. Any suggestions?

5 Responses to Wood Ornaments

  1. Jamie says:

    Polyurethane Wood Sealer is the best – you just have to make sure you only get it on your project and not on other places.You have to use a solvent to get it off other places. 🙂

  2. Aleta says:

    I'd spray with a mat fixative. That way you don't need a brush, you won't mess up any

    of the bark and you ar done in half the time. Don't spray too close, spray outside and make sure there's no wind.


  3. Vera says:

    I've made keychains outta disks like that and I dipped mine in a water base polyurethane and they came out beautiful w a shine 


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