Cutting out the leather pieces for the lion's mane was not as tough as I thought it was going to be. It helps to have a nice big pair of Fiskars scissors. I still had dents in my fingers when the job was done. The mane patterns were copied and taped to pieces of white leather. I bought an extra box of X-Acto blades for the leather cutting, but the scissors worked so well, the blades were never used. A person can never have too many X-Acto blades.