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Finial on segmented urn
Feb 18th, 2016 at 11:09am
 
Decided to add a finial to the top of this segmented urn. It doesn't look right to me.  Would like to hear other opinions on what I should do to make it look better. Thanks.
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Re: Finial on segmented urn
Reply #1 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 12:01pm
 
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I like the addition of the finial but...
It looks a little too tall and a little too heavy.
If it were mine, I would remove the top 1/3 of the overall finial and then turn more of a curved taper of the remaining top portion.
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Reply #2 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 1:08pm
 
I was thinking the same.  When I was turning the finial I was worried it would be too small but on top of the urn it's too big.  It must have grown.  Finials are much more challenging than they look.
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Reply #3 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 2:32pm
 
I agree with Ed. Yes finials are difficult to turn well.  It is even more difficult for me at least to get the proportions/scale right to match the item they will become attached to..   I turn a lot of 2 x 4 pieces cut to 1 1/2 square by what ever long.  You might play with that before you turn the finial using good wood
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Reply #4 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 3:19pm
 
Im another one in agreement with Ed.
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Reply #5 - Feb 18th, 2016 at 3:21pm
 
Julian Roslanowski wrote on Feb 18th, 2016 at 1:08pm:
It must have grown.


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Reply #6 - Feb 19th, 2016 at 10:29am
 
Here is the new and improved version.
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Reply #7 - Feb 19th, 2016 at 10:56am
 
This finial "fits' the piece.

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Reply #8 - Feb 19th, 2016 at 11:13am
 
I love the way you fixed it.  It "fits" the overall piece very nicely.
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Reply #9 - Feb 19th, 2016 at 3:36pm
 
Thanks for the comments.   Don't look too closely because the second time I turned the finial it was not on the same center.  I'll definitely have to practice making small, thin finials.
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Reply #10 - Feb 20th, 2016 at 1:52pm
 
Julian, check out Cindy Drozda (articles, dvd's, etc)  she is the queen of finials.  She has a wealth of information.  The key to a thin finial is to start at the top (the thinnest part of the finial) and work toward the base (the largest part of the finial).  Good luck and keep up the good work.
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Reply #11 - Feb 21st, 2016 at 7:32pm
 
If you watch any of Cindy's videos you will notice she talks about the golden mean.  Especially important when you are doing finials.  Save all of your finials you never know when one is going to work well on a piece.  I think it was Walt who talked about that one day.
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Reply #12 - Feb 22nd, 2016 at 9:38am
 
Since people have inevitably brought it up, here is an analysis of the Cindy Droozda onion finial.
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Reply #13 - Feb 22nd, 2016 at 7:01pm
 
Thanks for the link on finials.  That should be helpful next time I make one.
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Reply #14 - Feb 22nd, 2016 at 7:27pm
 
Julian Roslanowski wrote on Feb 22nd, 2016 at 7:01pm:
That should be helpful next time I make one.


If I may suggest, use it as a guideline only. don't get so caught up in the math that you loose sight of what it "really" looks like.
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