I got the shape all blocked out and carved. I ran into a few insect holes, but I filled them and a few checks where the limbs were with some epoxy putty. I decided I would carve the eyes rather than order some glass ones. I’ve been wanting to try a technique I’ve heard others mention using epoxy to give them a realistic look.
Here you can see the size of the carving and stick. It is not a tall stick, but you can rest your hand on the end or hold it slightly below the top.
Here is the progress I made on the burning. Although the scales are smaller than a snake, the burning goes pretty quick because they are an easier shape. I use a micro writing tip that has been ground down to a needle point, with my Colwood burner. I’ve got some decent reference pictures, and I just try to keep the shapes and direction of the scales going in a way that looks natural. I always start at the head first, figuring I better get that looking good, working out any issues with scales or patterns. This is about 3hours of burning so far. Thanks for looking!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com