Cosplay progress for tonight! I’ve really gotten back into the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix, and Lirael is a character I’ve wanted to cosplay for a long time. There are a lot of things about her outfit that involve skills that I want to learn/practice (leatherworking, casting, goldwork, possibly even shoe making?) so I decided, screw it, now’s as good of a time as any to start working on pieces for her.
Right now I’m working on a soapstone Dog! This is one night’s progress carving with a hand knife and a dremel attachment for the area around the legs. It’s funny because she’s described numerous times petting it like a real dog, and like… I didn’t realize soapstone would feel so nice to hold. It’s got a nice weight to it and feels very silky – I can totally see why Lirael would want to hang on to a little figurine like this.
I think this particular model might have to be a practice piece, because there’s a large, hard inclusion in the back where the shoulder blades should be that seems to go fairly deep into the stone. I’m not sure I can work around it, but I have two other stone blocks to practice with.