New Style Shells

Here is a new method for making shells that opens up many possibilities not possible with the old technique.  It is different in almost every way except that both methods require wooden wedges to cut the parts from.  This new way uses paper patterns like most other scroll saw projects.  The pieces are glued together systematically and then smoothed with shaping and sanding either with rotary tools, or by hand if you prefer.  They do look quite intimidating, but I have made it a lot simpler than it looks.

Watch the videos below, and then get started making your own after you purchase the pdf file which includes patterns and instructions.  The patterns are very easy to cut with a spiral blade - you can also use a flat blade, but that will require more shaping because a spiral blade cuts the segments to a shape much closer to the finished shape due to having the table set at a bevel, and having interior corners.  
My newest pattern is for a conical spiral shell.  Instructions included.  Modeled partly from imagination, and partly from a real conch shell.  My new favorite! $20
This pattern produces an ammonite from 36 pieces.  The maximum diameter shown in photo is 9", but patterns are included to make it up to 16". $15