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Blog entry by mpounders posted 03-08-2012 05:35 PM 7457 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve finished carving all the details and have almost finished burning them. The wood burner helps add shadows to the carved areas and also helps to keep different colors of paint in different sections from bleeding into each other. I don’t set it high enough to blacken the wood; I want it to cut the wood and slightly brown it. I can use a knife to scrape or cut areas that are too dark and I may hit it with a bristle sander also, to reduce the contrast. You can see in this picture the slight difference it makes, how the cuts and details stand out more, but it doesn’t look like it is outlined or drawn on.

Here are some of the details on the boots. They will be pretty snazzy when painted!

Little details, like wrinkles in the clothing where it tucks in, or the arms or knees bend add a certain realistic touch, even on caricatures. The seams on the jeans and shirt do that also, and completely disguises the joints on the shoulders where the arms are glued on.

The head is still separate and I’ll have to get it and the shirt painted before gluing it on. I take a lot of pictures, because it helps me notice details that I need to take care of, like the fuzzie pieces in her hair! I need to fix those before I paint!

Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 05:53 PM

thems is some nice fittin jeans.. :) once the paint is on, she’ll look like she’s breathin. your carvings are amazing Mike

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 06:55 PM

Mike you do fantastic work !!! She’s a cutie….

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 09:12 PM

The detail on the belt and the boots….wow, good job.
I enjoy working with the burner. Learning to use it is the fun part, but using it to keep the colors apart is such a good idea.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 10:58 PM

Those clothes look so real. A fantastic carving Mike!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 11:01 PM

Great job Mike

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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