Thanks for your patience in waiting for this post - life has a funny way of side tracking things. So - I have the image, I have the blank wax, now to get them together for their blind date!
|I lay the image onto the blank wax and secure it with tape on either sides. This keeps the image from slipping as I trace the details.|
|I use a square to trace around the edges, keeping them as true as possible.|
|Then I trace the details, using a ballpoint pen and firm pressure. I want the marks to be visible on the wax, as I use them as a starting point to carve the details. |
|Using a pen also lets me see if I've missed any details in the drawing.|
|And, just in case there are missing details, I untape only one side of the image and check the wax. If there are any parts of the image that I've missed, I can still lay the paper back down and have it line up, as the other side is taped in place. |
|Here's the finished tracing image on the wax. This is my starting point for carving.|
Next I'll show you how I carve the recessed edge for the mould and you'll get a peek at my favorite carving tools.