Schwibbogen Designing - Part 1

The next decoration I started working on is a Schwibbogen (German Candle Arch).

I had to read about what these are as I had never seen one before. I decided to go with the original 11 candle design and wanted one to be really big to be able to put a village of houses under it.

My first run was making one that fit onto a deck that I had from 3DelongDesign on Etsy. I then took some photos I have of trees in our area and used them to make an outline for the arch. Most of these trees are the in the back parking lot of where I work. This design is about 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

I then decided to scale it up to be cuttable to the full size of my laser machine. This is now 2 1/2 feet wide and 1 1/2 feet tall. I changed the front arch to not have the trees as I am going to be adding some candle cup decorations. The candles are neat as well. They are powered by 2 AA batteries and when you turn them on, will run for 6 hours and turn off. 18 hours later, they will turn on again. Nice!

I then started painting. The trees will get a frosting of snow. The front bar is painted in metallic flake to go back to original Schwibbogens that were made of metal in the Ore mountains of Saxony.

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