First time leather carving

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  1. Nick Dundua

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    So basket weave decorations was better then nothing but not enough for me , I always try to level up the game , so got carving tools , watched two videos on YouTube and start working

    This is the actual first piece I have ever carved , no training , no practice the actual first time
    What do you think about it ? More importantly what advice can you give for me to change , what are the errors ? From what I can tell the outer lines are not parallel , the curved tips are not proportional oval on ends, what more?

    Thanks for looking
    God bless
    Nick

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    Impressive! Very nice. :dblthumb:
     
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    Looks damn good to me!
     
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    Nice first job, my first was awful. I don't do carving anymore because of arthritis, very little basket weave..now.. tandy used to have excellent cheap books on subject, excellent tips on shading. Keep it up, you'll surprise yourself in no time.
     
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    i haven't done any carving in 30 years, with that, practice,practice,practice with your swival knife, and when you start stamping start with the most forward part of the design.
     
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  6. Nick Dundua

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    Thanks guys ! Plus this is not a leather carving design it's a shotgun engraving pattern , leather carving ones mostly don't have that tight curves on beginners projects
     
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    Use a textured beveler for the outer edges (it’ll hide the tool marks better and look more uniform).

    When dying around your tooling, start away from your tooling edge and slowly bring the dye into the artwork ( keeps it from bleeding into your artwork)

    Looks like you might have tooled the leather when it was a little too wet... casing the leather is one of the most important parts of tooling. Soak the leather in room temp water then place in fridge overnight. Once the leather starts to look close to normal, start tooling. Use a spray mister to keep the leather damp during tooling.

    All in all it looks great, especially for your first time. There are so many factors into making carving look great but a few are quality leather, casing it properly, and antiquing it right. Keep at it!!!
     
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    I don't see nuthen wrong with it young fellar. joe
     
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    Thank you very much guys !
     
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    Nice job.
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    Very nice. If that was your first, you must have talent.
     
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    Looks great to me!
     
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    the only thing id say is just do it again, and again, and again. there's not a whole lot of "hard and fast" rules concerning this....it's mostly a tour of "can you make it work and repeat the results ?" you'll get it from there. i like making coasters for this reason...they are my practice pieces. if you screw up tooling on a coaster, it's still a functional item and doesnt use much leather
     
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    20190830_190934_HDR.jpg also... make a cheatsheet of your tools so you can instantly get a quick immediate view of them instead of making that risky strike
     
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    Very nice first try, Keep working looks like you are a natural
     
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  16. Nick Dundua

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    Thank you guys , yeah I think doing again and again will make it better as hands get used to new tools

    God bless
    Nick
     
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