Southwest Cross Stitch

Southwest Cross Stitch
Southwest Cross Stitch

If you are setting out to create an antique look to an object you cannot afford to miss out the crackle glaze. The crackle glaze re-creates the effect of old varnish which has formed networks of cracks over time. Another effect is the antique glaze; this is applied over the crackle glaze in order to highlight the cracks and to impart a darker tone to the piece. Armenian bole is an earth pigment which originated in Armenia, it is a deep red colour and has been used as a traditional background upon which to lay gold leaf for centuries. It comes as a raw pigment or premixed clay, is diluted with water and painted on.

Another valuable effect can be obtained by using blonde de-waxed shellac, it can be used as a first coat to seal bare wood, it can be used as gold size and it can be used to seal the finished piece and impart a very nice golden yellow tone to the imitation gold leaf. This is the procedure I use when working on a wooden surface, different surfaces will require different treatments. Paint the bare wood with Armenian bole dissolved in water; brush off loose pigment when dry.

Give a good coat of shellac to seal the surface of the wood. Give another coat; this will act as an adhesive upon which to lay the imitation gold leaf. Lay the leaf and allow to dry; deliberately miss some small areas so that the red background colour will show through. Give a thin coat of shellac. Apply the crackle glaze where you want them to appear, remember you do not have to apply the crackle glaze to the whole piece. Allow to dry. Apply the antique glaze, burnt umber oil paint is perfect for this, just rub a little in with a cloth over the areas where the crackle glaze is in order to highlight the cracks, wipe away the surplus with a cotton cloth. When dry add a final coat of shellac.

By Richard Norman

http://www.gold-vault.com

For 25 years I ran a system of craft workshops in Somerset England. In 1994 the workshops were voted a National Living Treasure for their contribution to the Arts.

We became expert in the handling and application of gold leaf and imitation gold leaf; we also developed unique finishes aimed at aging and distressing gold leaf.

Please visit my website for further information.

Southwest Cross Stitch
Southwest Cross Stitch
Southwest Cross Stitch

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