Dragonfly Blossom (B30) William Henry Studios Knife Scales – Part 3

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The piece of shibuichi I used for the inlay is waaay too thick for my butterfly.  Since I have to cast and roll my own shibuichi, I don’t have lots of thicknesses just laying around, so I use what I have on hand.  This butterfly is really tiny, anyway, so there’s not really going to be much waste.  Above, you can see the carbide bur I used to carve away the waste material.

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Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, so above I’m using a small scraper to smooth out the ugly texture left by the carbide bur.  I’ve also colored the areas I’m scraping with Sharpie™ permanent marker to cover the annoying shiny surface, and better visualize my scraping.

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Here you can see the inlay completely smoothed, and ready for detailing.

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Above, I’ve used a 90 degree (square) graver to outline the body and upper wing.  I followed that with a flat graver to relieve the lower wing area.

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Above, the same view without magnification.

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Now it’s time to begin detailing the wing areas.  I’ve colored the wings with Sharpie™ white marker so i can use a sharp pencil to mark the shibuichi (see the two lower wing ovals).  I’ve chosen to use a round graver to scoop out areas representing the colored areas of the wing, so I’ll be removing metal inside these ovals.

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Above, I’ve use the round graver to scoop out areas in the wings, and a flat to detail the body.  Next, I’ll use my little round punch to texture inside the raised areas, smoothing out the  striations left by the round graver, and leaving a texture similar to the surface of the scales, hopefully helping to visually unify everything.

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Above, I’ve added a little patina, just ’cause I have to see how things are going to turn out…

Thanks for Looking!

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