Embossing with Plugs

One of the first steps in putting a second layer of leather on the plug. I lay the tracing film over the bottom plug layer and trace the outline – i.e. the size I want to cut the leather for the second layer. I also trace the lines that indicate the “valleys” between muscles, so that I can cut those into the plug.

The plug very much simulates the actual final carving as far as detail is concerned.

The next step is cutting out the plug:

…and then you glue the piece of leather onto the rest …

Let’s swap to the other arm where the glue has dried and here we start the sculpting proper:

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