The next step in cutting out the reindeer ornaments is cutting the reindeer itself, as well as the back board. It was important to cut the small detailed inside cuts first from the ornament, because it is at that point that the wood has the most support. While sometimes you may forget one or two inside cuts and can usually go back and cut them when you are finished (I believe I did this between the back legs of the deer in this video) it is best to try to cut all of the inside cuts first and then do the outer edge of the design.
Also in the video, I show a segment where in applying the hot glue to glue the two layers of wood together, the glue accidentally got on the design area itself. Since I use the extra strength hot glue, prying apart the pieces would have in all likelihood broken the delicate pieces. In order to rectify this situation and separate the pieces without doing them any damage, I simply put them in the microwave oven for ten seconds and I was easily able to separate the pieces.
The microwave heats up the glue, allowing it to let go much easier without additional pressure on the pieces. When doing this process, it is best to work quickly and using a small, sharp paring knife is quite helpful in prying the warmed pieces apart. Remember though to work quickly, and the glue re-sets very fast. If you feel that it is necessary to have additional warming time, I suggest you only try warming the pieces 10 seconds at a time. I find that one attempt is usually sufficient to loosen the pieces, although on the rare occasion additional time is needed. Use care when doing this process.
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