Thursday, October 14, 2010

Artistic Mother - Tip For Drilling Holes in Balsa Wood for The Butterfly Reminder, Week 5

I have heard from several participants of The Artistic Mother Art Group that they were hesitant to move forward with the Butterfly Reminder project from Week 5 of The Artistic Mother by Shona Cole because they were concerned that the balsa wood would crack when they drilled their holes, and that is a possibility. To avoid that from happening, what you can do is make a starter hole with a smaller drill bit, then proceed with the 1/8" (ISO 3.2mm) drill bit that the book recommends. Just take it easy going in a little at a time. I would suggest practicing this method with a scrap piece of balsa wood before attempting to make the holes on your butterfly. I hope this helps. I didn't have any problems doing it this way; so you should be fine.

Please let me know if there are any other concerns or questions with any of the other projects that I might possibly be able to help you with.


  1. Trudy,
    Thanks for the tip on drilling small first then bigger, that is a good one and makes perfect sense. I have never had a problem with the balsa wood splitting, unless it was a really small piece or I was being super sloppy. I hope that everyone in your group are able to work it out.

    Funny, this post that is very timely - cause just the other night I made a workshop video of me making balsa wood ornaments (though I use an awl to make the hole rather than a drill). I will post it next Wednesday!

    thanks for being a wonderful artistic mother!

  2. Hi Trudy, I'm just stopping by after a visit to Shona. The colour in that butterfly is amazing - it matches nature's most magical blues which is usually so very hard to do.

  3. Thank you for the reminder and for your sweet visit, xoxo

  4. Hi Trudy!
    Thanks for your visit - I hope you are happy and well, xoxo

  5. Trudy...where are you????
    You've been tagged... go check it out at my blog.

  6. Hi Trudy!
    Thank you for your sweet comment - I hope you are happy and well, xoxo

  7. Trudy, I've just listened to you speaking on your video in the last post, and it is awesome to hear your accent and see you talk! It's funny, but now I feel like I know you better! One's personality really shines through "live" in a way that can't be achieved in prose. Thannkyou for taking the time to do that!
    I hope you had a great date!

  8. I was thinking of trying with a different sort of wood: not sure what to call it, but my honey-who-is-an-artist uses it a lot. It isn't as brittle as balsa wood.

    THANK YOU for posting this, though. It affirms me.

    The blog where I post my Artistic Moms projects.

  9. Hi there!
    WHAT a sweet message - thank you so much for taking the time to write - it means so much. I am so happy to have met you and to be a part of the AMG! I am looking forward to finishing with the projects outlined in the book - to have the beautiful pieces completed is something I want to accomplish. I have been saying that for a while now, so I need to get back on track! How long will the group be open?
    Either way, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Holidays, xoxo

  10. Kristin, I don't have a set date for how long the group will be open. I still have five more projects to do; and with the holidays upon us, that will slow me down a bit. My guess is that I will be done with the projects by the end of January to sometime in February. My new goal is the end of January. I may leave the group open for a little while after that, though, to give others a chance to catch up and complete their projects. I look forward to seeing your completed projects as you do them. Enjoy your holidays.

  11. Trudy, this is so sweet! I love your butterfly! It makes sense to drill small then big. I've had the same problem with balsa wood and other type woods too.

    Very pretty!

  12. I forgot to mention that I stopped by to tell you Merry Christmas Trudy! I just can't believe that you actually figured out a hoola-hoop that I could work! You've inspired me!


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