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BASIC LEATHER CARVING PROCEDURE PAGE 2

SWIVEL KNIFE

5. The swivel knife is held as shown. Before beginning your project, practice using the swivel knife on some scrap leather. All cuts should be to a depth of 1/2 the leather thickness. 6. If your design has a border, this is cut first. To ensure straightness, a steel straight edge may be used as a guide. Take care not to overcut at the corners.
7. Examine your pattern and photocarve. Determine which design elements are in the foreground. Begin cutting the foremost objects first. 8. Continue cutting, work from the foreground to the background. Any lines that do not end at another line should be cut with progressively less pressure to gradually reduce the depth of cut.

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