This pattern makes a good pin for a carver's sweetie.
It is a good pattern to work with the changing grain dynamics. .
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knife, pencil, saw, toothbrush
(3/4 or 1-in), glue, sandpaper
x 1-3/4" x 1/4" basswood strip
- Paints: red, antique gel
- Brush: #1, 00, flat or round
- Sealers: fast-dry lacquer,
- Transfer the pattern to the wood.
Note the grain direction (up to down). Cut out the blank.
- Using paring cuts, remove the saw
marks on the edge of the blank.
- Stop cut along the dotted line and
cutback, separating the two hearts. Deepen this cut for additional definition as desired.
- Round the edges of the hearts.
Beware the changes in grain dynamics. If the knife cuts "chunks",
reverse the direction of the cut.
- Smooth and round-up as desired.
Brush the carving with the toothbrush to remove loose chips.
- Clean-up the fuzzies. Sand as
- Damp brush the carving, using a
toothbrush and soapy water. Pat dry and leave to dry.
- Spray with quick-dry lacquer to seal
the wood and let dry.
- Paint and let dry.
- Spray with acrylic sealer and let
- Apply antiquing gel if desire.
Wipe the gel down to the red in the middle. Feather the wiping/color to the edge to
achieve a light-dark effect.
- Re-seal and let dry.
- Glue pinback and let dry.
- Sign and date the project. It
is done !!