I finished the gold inlay for the eyes, and began carving the pile of skulls just below the dragon pommel (she’s been really hungry lately…) After transferring my design, I engraved all the lines (above).
Above, I continued relieving the background with smaller and smaller burs (far left), and then began rounding over the edges of the skull, again with smaller and smaller burs, adding more and more detail and sculpting.
And, above, that’s all she wrote for today. I’ve finished sculpting two sides, and also have smoothed the bur marks out by sculpting (forging) with a flat punch. Tomorrow, I’ll use a V-graver to put back the tooth detail I carved away while rounding things over, and cleaning up around the edges of the skull.
Thanks for looking!