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Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949406 by cgowlie
Aug 1, 2017 2:14am
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I'm pretty sure that if I tried that, I wouldn't even plan on it coming out looking like the original image. Rather, I'd just dive in with a miniaturized 1V and nip little slivers out wherever there's a light area among the hairdo without trying to fully clear out each one. Hence, I'd expect the hairdo to come out considerably darker than the original image, more black involved with tinier slivers of white accentuating the curls. I think it'd look great, it just wouldn't look like the original image.
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949406 by cgowlie
Aug 1, 2017 5:53am
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That's pretty detailed. I haven't done that much detail but almost. When I'm attempting something like that I follow the advise above - magnifier, lamp, small tool. For me it helps to not think about the image as a whole, just slowly and patiently removing anything that's not the transfer.
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949406 by cgowlie
Aug 1, 2017 5:55am
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Magnifier, tiny gouge, time and patience.
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949406 by cgowlie
Aug 1, 2017 6:41am
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I tend to be a bit more impressionistic in my carvings, and would do enough to give the IDEA of the very curly hair, as opposed to attempting major detail work on it. (but then, my carving is more like painting, to me, and each person's carving is very unique)

Other than that, settle in with some wine, youtube for entertainment, your magnifying lamp and get to work!
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949419 by estella_naparella
Aug 1, 2017 7:54am
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Yeah I think I will have to go with that approach. I think this will be too hard to figure out.

Thanks everyone for the help.
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949401 by cgowlie
Aug 1, 2017 9:26am
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My Edward scissorhands carve is similar. Not quite as curly, but close. It took me 9 hours to carve. Just go really slow, and i highly recommend using OZ cut instead of pink stuff to hold all those lines. If yiundo, you'll need a Staedtler miniaturized and regular Staedlter 1v, to be able to carve it. Carve extremely shallowly. Also I'm assuming you have a good image transfer technique, and not pencil.

Otherwise, pink stuff and the smallest gouge you can get. And I second the lighted magnifier. I use an OTT light with magnifiet. See if Knotty knitter dirtmonkey can make you a modified tip for a Speedball gouge.
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949422 by cgowlie
Aug 1, 2017 4:47pm
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and be sure to take breaks and don't carve when you're tired. Nothing worse than blowing a critical line due to loss of focus.

My most ambitious carves have been multi-night affairs.
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949401 by cgowlie
Aug 4, 2017 4:25pm
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If you are on FB, my name is Edlynn Trinity Bindler if your can't see this image, send me a friend request:

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20106454_674897096027224_302986814734875580_n.jpg?oh=ad0196582ff558851969804156eae985&oe=5A31D3FE

I used a miniturized Staedtler #1 gouge to carve all the hair.

Lynn
Re: Hair help needed
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Reply to: #949542 by Phoenix Rizing
Aug 4, 2017 8:08pm
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Nice!
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Reply to: #949542 by Phoenix Rizing
Aug 5, 2017 6:07am
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That is awesome. Where do you get a miniturized #1 gouge?
Re: Hair help needed
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #949559 by cgowlie
Aug 5, 2017 6:54am
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You will need a 1v then contact Kirbert.
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Reply to: #949560 by Oberon_Kenobi
Aug 5, 2017 8:21am
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WELL WORTH IT!!

I am mostly an Xacto user but when called for, out come the gouges and rarely do I use the 1V anymoere and instead opt for the miniaturized 1V. Both, however, were modified by Kirbert with a reverse nib. The reverse is when the top of the V trails the bottom, allowing one to see where they are carving (that's what I believe is the reason).

Lynn