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hey Chris.
when it comes to small projects like our sticks, please try to compose your subjects for the best presentation for the camera. try to imagine us as the "viewing audience" that will critique your work. if we can't see the details, we can't provide the feedback that you are looking for.
the best photos can be taken outside in the daylight on a table with a light colored towel for the background and closeup photos of the detail you are asking about - not necessarily the whole stick in one photo from a distance.
as for "flames" - they are strictly personal. whatever you like is the way to go. there is not really a right or wrong way to do flames.
plus, tell us a little bit about the wood you are using and what tools.
 

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hey Chris.
when it comes to small projects like our sticks, please try to compose your subjects for the best presentation for the camera. try to imagine us as the "viewing audience" that will critique your work. if we can't see the details, we can't provide the feedback that you are looking for.
the best photos can be taken outside in the daylight on a table with a light colored towel for the background and closeup photos of the detail you are asking about - not necessarily the whole stick in one photo from a distance.
as for "flames" - they are strictly personal. whatever you like is the way to go. there is not really a right or wrong way to do flames.
plus, tell us a little bit about the wood you are using and what tools.
Thank you for the advise on the pictures. I'm not very familiar with types of wood I would like to be but not sure how to identify these as well as I would like. the stick that I put the flames on was scavenged off the back roads my my house it was already on the ground. If you have any suggestions on how I can start identifying them better I would be very thankful.
 

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Maybe the sketch was the problem. If this was your first attempt at carving, don't get discouraged. Maybe you just need more practice. Try working on a piece of scrap first few times until it looks good, then try it on a stick you plan to keep (or sell or give away, whatever the case may be.)You could try printing out a flame pattern and taping it to the stick then trace around it. Something like this perhaps.
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I am not much of a artist, I have truble drawing stick men. when trying to do patterns I will cut out a pattern with card paper. Then trace that pattern on some wide blue painters tape and cut it out on a piece of glass and put that on a stick. It stick well enough to trace around it.
 

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Maybe the sketch was the problem. If this was your first attempt at carving, don't get discouraged. Maybe you just need more practice. Try working on a piece of scrap first few times until it looks good, then try it on a stick you plan to keep (or sell or give away, whatever the case may be.)You could try printing out a flame pattern and taping it to the stick then trace around it. Something like this perhaps. View attachment 28189
As for my plan I haven't thought that much about it. If someone likes one I will sell , I'm just using this as an outlet to release stress and having fun while I do that.
 

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this is my 8 year old grandson painting flames on his baseball bat.
there was some blue and pink added later, but still never looked like "flames"
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he is 26 years old now, and paints even worse than that.
By the way I'm a painter also, Well not full time anymore. But I do enjoy Commercial painting more so than residential.
 
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