Okay. Here we go.....With this post, we will be finishing this project. Once you have embossed your fish, take your favorite cutting instrument. For the following features, I used my favorite scalpel.
As you can see, we will be making some cuts to add some dimension. With my scalpel, I made some careful cuts to the gills. I stopped at the bottom of the "V" where the gills continue in the opposite direction. DO NOT CUT THIS HINGE POINT.
I cut the lower gill in the opposite direction. Again, make sure not to cut through the "V" (hinge point). Repeat the same for the other gill. Now, if you lightly wet the gills, you can insert your medium/large modeling spoon and CAREFULLY lift on the gill to mimic the expansion during breathing. Work it carefully and slowly until you get your desired lift.
Now, insert the scalpel in the mouth area and cut from the top to the bottom of the mouth only to the point where you did backgrounding with the A104 tool. Do not cut all of the way down. Wet the upper lip area above your cut area and with a modeling spoon (upside down) and CAREFULLY lift the mouth up. Work slowly and carefully. I have added a few more photos below to show you the lifted area for reference.
One of the things that I did was glue in a piece of cardboard to the back. After attaching both glue pieces together, I lightly used my beveling tool to go around the fish. This will lock in your embossing and give you a final look.
If you are good at dyeing; you can take this project to another level. If you are like me, I just dress this project with some Neatfoot Oil and Bag Kote. I hope you enjoyed this project. Let me know through your comments if you have any issues or other comments.