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How can I make the detail of this map stand out better?

I have been etching a map of the United States into 9 slate sheets (8" by 11" ~1/4" thick) Originally my goal was to try and inlay wire into the groove that I cut with a Dremel. I found colored "...
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How to polish indentations in soapstone

Recently I carved a little pig out of soapstone and made him look like he was hairy (pigs are covered in bristly hair, you know). Now, I found a wonderful article about how to polish soapstone, and ...
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How Can I Create the Metal Comb of a Music Box?

I want to design and create my own music box by hand. I'm looking for a way to create the metal comb/teeth. It would need to be a thin but sturdy metal in order for it to make tones. I'm looking for ...
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DIY Leather engraving

Is there a way to engrave or carve words into leather without the use of professional engraving or stamping tools? I want to make one similar to the one in the picture, but can not find the kit to ...
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Why is wearing a mask recommended when carving antler?

Why do people get so concerned over antler dust when knife carving. I wear a mask when I work with it. But what if you didn't wear a mask? What would the dangers be?
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Is there an easy way to sharpen a wire loop carving tool?

I have some wire loop tools like this: I've found they're working wonderfully for carving plaster. Or, were. Now, the edges seem to be a but more blunt and taking too much pressure to remove ...
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How can I get that translucent effect on Jack O' Lanterns?

I've tried to mimic to translucent technique that people use on really detailed Jack O' Lanterns, such as this: However, whenever I try I either can't get the husk thin enough, or I go too thin and ...
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What are good tools for carving in cork?

What are good tools to carve in corks? Actually, I'm using a simple kitchen knife but I guess there are better choices. My goal is to carve some chess pieces.