Here is the finished project I began a week or so ago with the carved and gilded lid.
|Finished Camellia Box|
|Bright & Brassy Composition Gold Metal|
Well, that's the point of this blogs title; all waxes are not created equal. The first step to this process was to completely paint the lid. I used a Krylon, satin black spray paint for this project. They make a paint called Ultra-Flat which is a great one to use for picture or mirror frames. I should mention that this technique can also be done by using carved appliqués that you can find at craft stores. Simply attach them to flat stock and that will eliminate the carving step in this process. For me though, this gives me a great avenue to practice my carving. After you've applied the spray paint it's best to wait 2-3 days to allow the paint to cure completely.
Next up is selectively remove the paint to bring out the highlights of the carving. This is a process that you can control if you realize a few things about waxes. I'm familiar with a few different brands so that's what I can share with you. Waxes have varying amounts and types of solvents in them, something you can tell strictly by the smell. The reason that's important to know is that the more solvent there is in the wax, the quicker you will rub off the paint and reveal the gold underneath. Here's the basic premise:
- More solvent = quicker removal of paint which can be a plus -- or a negative! You may remove more of the paint than you wanted.
- Less solvent = slower removal of paint which again, can be a plus or a negative. It'll take you longer to reveal the gold below the paint layer but you'll have a bit more control.
|Initial wax application, notice dullness on lower left?|
|Drag on cotton ball & dullness means you should lighten up.|
|Remove as much of the black as you desire then|
|Buff entire lid.|