Step by step we have reached the finish line-
Where we left off last year (?)-
After this beaute etrange cured for a few months I sealed it up with acrylic medium and then gave it an opaque coat of buff white paint.
Once that dried I scumbled a gray glaze all over.
I gently wiped the gray glaze off the high points on the upper surface to give it better contrast. Next I painted a glaze of iridescent gold paint over the areas that were to be gilded. This makes the actual gilding process much easier- trust me
Once that dried I began the tedious gilding process-
Which wasn’t actually all that tedious . I used the 24kt loose leaf gold which was tough enough I could handle it with my (gloved) hands. It only took 3 couple hour gilding sessions.
After the gold size cured I gently dusted the excess leaf off et voila-
Next I sealed up the gilded areas (it’s very delicate) and coated the whole top surface with a warm white glaze.
Before the white glaze dried I carefully wiped it off of the golden “nuggets”- so they look like they are emerging from this things skin.
Now I just need to let this cure for a bit and then it will be ready for some varnish- I’m thinking something with a matte finish.
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