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I’ve laid out my design on this simple cross pattern and I’m drawn it directly onto the wood using my mechanical pencil in this straight edge. I can see that this simple cross pattern consist of all straight line cuts three-sided chips of many different shapes and sizes. So I just used my regular number one cutting knife for all the chips on this carving. You can see that I’m working on a lap board, sitting on my lap here because this is quite a small carving, so it’s much easier to maneuver and hold on this board rather than trying to hold the small cross all by itself. Notice I carve away from my previous chips so you know which order to take your chips out.
Okay, head of your knife as you cut in these straight lines that will help keep them as straight as possible. There is the wide part of that chip so I go for the depth and then draw it right out to the end. Be careful when you get near the edge of the small pieces so your knife doesn’t slip off the edge. Okay just like that I’ve got a fourth of my carving done and I just keep moving right around the outside. If they hung up don’t come pop it right out, it’s most likely across the grain cut and we have the deep part right there and you will see that it comes right out.
This is a normal speed for chip carving an object like this that I use. You can go at whatever speed is your most comfortable with. Take your time. Keep it as enjoyable as possible. For this last cut here on this chip I’m going to take this cut first right here because I don’t want to leave that cut as the very last cut of this chip, since its backs up to a previous chip right over here.
Now I will take this as my second cut. Notice as I come to the end these points of the center cross. There’s no need to go all the way up to the end. No need to go all the way at the end just stopped a little bit short and that will avoid any unnecessary chip out in most fine delicate areas. You know that one is going to need one more cut right there. Okay, two more chips left.
Okay what I do next now that I’ve got all the chips removed I go back and do any little fine clean up if needed. I see a little bit down the bottom here, again it’s on the cross grain just touch that up, don’t gauged it out. A little small piece right there, one cut, I can see right I need little clean up there. That’s about it op one more little spot right there. I’ve got to clean that pretty well, you see any other clean up you need to do, go back with the same position of your knife and clean those up.
Now let’s carve the base. Okay, you don’t have to carve the base but I like too it just adds a little more to your project. I’ve drawn out some simple three-corner chips on here. Let’s go ahead and carve this out, I think I will take these cuts first.
There’s the wide cut part of the chip my deepest part with my knife. There’s the deep apart this is just like a large three corner chip right here most all of three the sides are about same size. Okay so the same thing right here. Locking with thumb against the handle of your blade we’ll keep it safe. Little clean up right there.
Let’s bevel the edges on the base I want to do that with my number one cutting knife. Okay we can do this little differently and that I’m going to adjust like this right along the edge. I will take the across the grain cuts first, okay and I’m just going to lead about a 45-degree angle and just a bevel cut just take a little bit on the flat edges of the base.
With the grain cut your knife is going to follow the grain, so just make it as straight as possible let’s do it here too. The reason we go across the grain first so that any chips out right here, your last and next with the grain cut will clean that up really well. Okay so there we’ve bevel the edges on the base. Let’s do the same thing on the cross.
And get down to the parts where they meet just rock your knife in a little bit okay, so that when we make this cut right from here I’ll switch to the like the second position with my knife and we want to just come right in and meet that right end of the center. Form a nice sharp bevel in the center. And there we just had a little bevel around the edges to give that a nice look.
Let’s go ahead and I’ m going to put the finish on this cross. The finish I applied for this chip-carve cross is one of my favorites. It starts with one coat of universal sanding sealer that I brushed on and let dry. It dries very quickly 10 or 15 minutes, lightly sand and remove the dust. After that, apply two to three coats of spray of satin lacquer, sanding lightly in between coats and removing the dust. When you apply your final coats of spray lacquer, let it dry, and your project is finished. You can see the base for this cross. I added some simple three corner chips into the base. It gives it a nice look and there you have it. This project is all done.
You’ll find this ready to carve available in the My Chip Carving Store this along with many other projects are available there, so you will have lots of projects ideas to chip carve.
Thanks for joining me this time and I look forward to the next time when you can join me for another My Chip Carving video lesson.