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In the first set of photos a stop cut is made along the fold in the drape. Stop cuts are exactly what the name implies, they are made to stop another cut being made from another direction. A cut was made at the end of the drape to show the cut we want to stop. To make the cut use the exact knife and "poke" small holes rather than making a stroking cut. This creates a perforated line. Next use a hooked surgical blade and connect the holes. The depth of a stop cut is not made all at once, if attempt to cut to deep you will chip the edges of the cut, or end up making the cut too wide.
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This series shows the reducing of the depth for the first fold. To complete this section of the drape we will create three main depth levels. By using a larger blade thin slices are made towards the stop cut. When the depth of the stop cut is reached, deepen the stop cut and trim off the shavings. At the desired depth, the stop cut is cleaned up.

The first depth has been finished, so we move on to the second depth. Once again begin with a stop cut where you want the depth to end. Cutting this section is quite easy, continue shaving the depth and deepening the stop cut as you go. The depth you go is not critical. You can always go back and deepen a section. What is being done with the depths is to produce dimension and create a difference between sections. At the end of the drape cut a v grove in the center. Round out the edges of the grove making a hollow as seen in the photo. By making hollows, sharp edges, rises and rounded edges in the carving the light is being reflected or shadows are being created. The play of light between high light and shadow bring life to the carving.


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At the last level begin to round off the edges. With a light touch shave the edges by taking short cuts. As the pieces begin to take shape shave the edges created by the rounding out process. A stop cut is made at the end of this section after it has been rounded out, then a little depth is given to the fold in the drape.

Going back to the first level, a sliver is cut along the inside, hollowing out the surface. Next round out the outer edge.
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The first photo shows the basic three levels without the fold and hollow details carved in the upper sections. In the second photo you can see how the hollow and the rounded edge shows the high light and shadow effect. The simple folds along each side adds to the over all shape and detail.

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