Lets make some bugs! specifically, the 4 flat scarabs on the cover just below the bird heads.
I initially printed out the scarab lines and tried to use copy paper, but it simply didn’t work over the foam. I ‘m using a very thin sheet of PEVA foam.
So I just grabbed a pen a drew the scarabs by hand
Then I cut out each scarab leaving a good extra border of foam:
I then made superficial cuts following all the lines being careful not to cut down to the other side.
Once the cuts are done I used a heat gun and went over each cutout.
This is before passing over with the heat gun:
After applying heat the shallow cuts open up and become grooves:
Later I added an extra layer of foam below (the black layer):
And then cut them out but this time following the shape closely:
Finally I went around the piece with a lighter to seal up the foam:
Then I gave it a couple passes with black acrylic paint and a couple hands of varnish:
And here are the scarabs finished:
Se you next to assemble the book spine!