How to carve a delicate piece

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Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:11 pm

Hello everyone, hope your all having a great day. I have a question about my Lucifer the Cat carving. I need to make his left eye more round like his right. His left is too Pointe. But it's a very delicate piece. My question is should I use a hot knife or dremel? Also his whiskers to the right. I used a dremel but they're not very bright, but I'm afraid to use a hot knife. But maybe I should. Any thoughts on any of these problem areas would be qreatly appreciated.
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Here is this hideous lite up pumpkin. I glued the pattern then soaked in water. Not all paper is coming off. Then i had to glue on a piece by right eye and paint, but it's not the same color as foam. I hate this lite up because it's not smooth. Any idea's on this too?
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:54 am

Would a diamond bur bit help smooth out these rough edges? I do have the harber frieght set with grinding stones. Thanks to Doh's input on where to get both. Thanks Doh and Stoney for showing how and what tools to use on foam. I just don't know if this would help my cut-out. I think it should but I am afraid to try until I hear from somebody.
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:10 am

I just ended up using the Diamond Bur set cleaned it up quite a bit, but in the process I lost both eyes so I had to make new ones and glue them back on. I haven't put it in water yet to get dust and rest of paper off because of the glue on the eyes. Here's how it turned out.
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:43 am

Looks good! Diamond burrs do help smooth things out. Having to glue pieces back on is the name of the game. 99% of the people will never notice.

As we say in the shop, "Grinder and paint, make me the welder I ain't!"
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:11 am

Lol! Love that saying Doh :Thumbs_Up:
Thank you for getting back to me too. I really appreciate it!
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:17 pm

Gluing the piece back on helped. As for where the pattern is still stuck on. I use an old electric toothbrush ( One I no longer use on my teeth.) while soaking to help free the paper. Warmer water also helps.
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:16 pm

Thank you too werehawk. Yeah I finally used hot water and all of the other pieces just fell off into the water. Now it's clean as a whistle. :Thumbs_Up:
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:27 pm

To get the Glued on pattern off, You need to Give it a GOOD Soak, 1/2 Hour to an Hour... (Warm Water)
I add a little Dish Soap to it also... (one guy in our FB Group uses Vinegar) I DON'T Recommend that, Besides the Thing stinking like a Douche, Vinegar will break Down Glue (ALL Glue) those to 1/2 of Pumpkins are Glued together...

Now For all the Ridges on all the Cut Shapes... Your putting the Bit in TOO Deep.. Your Cutting with the Smooth (Shaft Part of the Bit). You should Only be cutting with the Flutes The Spirals) Did you remove the Extra Foam inside that causes the Black Lines? When you do that it serves two purposes, #1 to get rid of those Awful Lines, and it also Thins the pumpkin to make Cuts Easier...


Also When you Use a Dremel, try to keep the Dremel Straight, you Don't Angle it like writing with a Pen.
This could be the Reason you were not getting a Good glow out of the Wiskers, because I think you were Beveling the Foam.
cut on an Angle... I mean every Single shape is cut out, so every shape Should Glow, not matter how thick the lines are.
(or B) Make sure you are Getting completely through the Foam)...
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Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:30 pm

I think it looks good! I've had to fabricate and glue many an "oops" piece. Superglue and foam pieces/dust are staples in my carving kit. I've even been known to use a needle and thread. Funny tho -- no one notices but me. Lol.

Nice job :Smiling:
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