gold inlayed somthin somthin...

jetta77

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Hello again everyone... Here's a few pic's of a practice dog tag tag I whipped out in a record 10 or so hours. This is just practice for a Joe Kious knife I'll soon be working on (hopefully)... It's far from perfect and it's the first time I've tried this type of inlay w background removal.

I'd like know if it's too busy? What can be better? Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.

This is also a first for shading gold, man it's like cutting flour. I did learn alot though.
 

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Hi Jeff, this looks fabulous!!!

If I had to be ultra picky the shading could do with a little more definition/darkening towards the base of the leaves so it gives a little more contrast. And, personally, I don't care for the scrolls coming from under a separate leaf as you have in the second layer scrolls (working from bottom to top). I much prefer the way you have the leaf /tendril in the first layer of the design as part of the scroll and not divorced from it. It just looks a little disjointed at that point, that's all. But as I said, this is being ultra picky.

But overall, it's fantastic and if you carry out the same standard of work on the actual knife a) you'll have one hell of a happy client and b) you should have them queuing up for your skills. Just make sure you price the knife right as you don't want to get caught in the 'too cheap' trap which will be difficult to break out of in the future. Better to make a good profit from it and to give the client a bit extra, gratis, at this stage.

well done and BRAVO!
 

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