Repairing Chip Out on your Chip Carving
A My Chip Carving Member asked how to repair a project when a piece chips out. He tried gluing it back in place but the stain didn’t cover evenly where the repair was made. (see image below) Here’s my reply…
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And now the fix…Denis, a CCCI graduate, correctly predicted what I should do. Maybe you guessed it as well. I carved away the nasty circles with triangles. Actually they’re 4-sided triangles if there is such a thing. This worked out perfectly and I’m proud to give it to our friends who are getting married today! I added a Swarovski crystal in the center to give it a bit of bling.
First picture shows the fix and second pic the finished plate. Thanks for looking. Your comments are always welcome directly on the Blog page for all to read.
I carved a finished this wedding plate and didn’t like it at all. Can you tell why? Look at the carved circles around the center. I didn’t carve them exactly the same size and it is the first thing you see! It looks horrible.
But all is not lost. The only solution was to change the pattern. Tomorrow I’ll show you the results!
Here’s how to apply a finish to your carving where the recessed areas are dark and the surface is light. It’s really quite easy. Trying it on a practice board first will build your confidence.
Sorry about the last mega size photo.
I finished the borders around the tray. I may bust out the Platinum Stab Knife to embellish the border pattern. It could use a little something. The carved square comes out for cleaning cracker crumbs and a tile inserts on the other end for cutting cheese.
Your comments are always welcome on the blog page.
Why 55-65 degree cuts matter in chip carving
I applied a finish to some items a chip carving friend recently completed but could not finish because of broken hip. He has been chip carving longer than I’ve been alive so this post in no way is critical of his work.
I placed his plate alongside mine so you can see that difference in shadows that are formed when the angle of cut changes. I’m guessing the angle on his cuts are about 45 degrees. It would be best if the same pattern were alongside each other but this will have to do for now. This being said, if you are having good success with 45 degree cuts and enjoying your chip carving, keep doing what you’re doing! But if you are learning and want to get more definition and shadow in your chip carving, then look for cuts around 55-65 degrees.
Your comments are welcome in the comment section on the Blog page. Thanks for reading!
Sign carving by Bill
Bill came to Red Barn Retreats for the chip carving class on lettering. Like me, Bill enjoys carving signs and does some wonderful work. Here’s a sign he just completed.
“This one goes to Brattleboro, VT. Birch, 21″ by 12”, panel is one piece, figure is appliqué. Here is a good example of letting the grain tell the story — the trees are near a good bass spot on a Minnesota lake. Finish is polyurethane. About 100+ hours of work on this project. lots of research and modeling before I started. The flower bed is along the 18th century European style. Learned a lot, especially to get acquainted with small script carving with special knife (Platinum Modified Knife) (thanks to you).”