The next step for the scrollwork was to cut the wood according to the pattern. The sequence of steps is similar to any other carving – rough it out, refine it and finish it.
The primary tools I use are shown here – diamond files, small drill bits etc. I use jeweler’s saw blades without the handle because when I’m working with wood this thin I like to be able to feel the wood bend as I am shaping it (and hopefully stopping before it moves from the bending point to the breaking point.)
Once the largest pieces have been removed, I started to hold the wood in a small spring clamp. This keep the wood around the cuts from flexing. I did lose the “feel” of the wood in my fingers, but it was an ok tradeoff for the added stability.
When all was said and done, there were two small breaks easily fixed with cyano – everything else held up well. The first break occurred at #1 in the photo. The reason you can see the repair is that a little of the pattern stuck to the cyano and since it’s going to be painted white, I simply sanded it smooth. I’m not going to point out the second break, but if you think you see where it is, feel free to post it in a comment :smile:.
I want to mention the section at #2 (what will be forward of the shield when painted). I was originally going to cut it out as per the plan, but decided that the narrowness of the wood at that point would be such that a break was almost guaranteed. Since I had already drilled the beginning holes for cutting, I filled those with wood putty and sanded them. I will paint the “cut out” in.
Take care – happy modeling.