|Forum topic by hackery||posted 06-28-2016 03:32 PM||528 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-28-2016 03:32 PM
I attended a one day relief carving class yesterday which was pretty good and I carved a leaf into a piece of lime wood I believe it’s maybe called bas / bass wood in North America.
Here is a picture of my efforts yesterday:
I know it’s really messy looking given it was my very first attempt ever at carving anything. But the leaf looked quite good whilst I was carving it and the contrast was pretty strong between the leaf and the background but once the teacher told me to sand the leaf it lost most of this contrast and now looks really flat and undefined.
So my question is… how can I clean up the edges of this carving so it’s cleaner / crisper without re carving the piece. I was considering using a some sort of engraving bit with a Dremel and cutting a bit of a outline on the background wood which would hopefully make the leaf come alive a bit better but also remove the numerous messing looking marks where my chisels have made a mess. I am just tempted to throw the work in the bin and never attempt carving again but would like to try something to improve the piece before throwing the towel in altogether.
Any help / advice / tips is very much appreciated.
-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK