Your First Carving Project
15. The final step in the carving process for this simple flower is to smooth the work. Smoothing is done by using the same tools that you used to make the cuts and repeating the cuts with light, soft pressure to shave each area.
You can, at this stage in your carving use 220-grit sandpaper to remove the last fine ridges left from the carving process. Remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth. Repeat using 320-grit sandpaper. Crumple an 8” square of brown paper bag. Briskly rub the crumbled paper over the carving to give it one last, extra fine sanding.
Your finished carving is of the low relief style, it has rounded edges and you can see the joint line area where one element of the carving touches another. Low relief is also called bas relief, a common carving style for stone work.
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