Back in the entry about planning the base I had decided, after some discussion, to finish the base in black dye accented with gold leaf. I have had this imitation gold leaf kit for about three years now having originally bought it to experiment with when I was carving the name board for my boat. At that time I had applied it to a sign on our gate and left it out in the weather as a test, but never got around to using it on my boat.
The areas planned for the gold accent were the fleurs de lis at the tops of the arms of the base and the bands on the feet. (They must be feet. They have toes.) This is one of the fleurs de lis. It has about four coats of water based poly on it at this point.
The first step is to apply the adhesive carefully to the areas where the gold is to adhere. This may not be the most difficult part but it’s important that it is done with care. Any leaf that adheres where you don’t want it will be a pain to remove.
If you pass an artist’s brush over your hair a few times you will get enough static electricity to pick up the delicate leaf bits.
Then you gingerly position the leaf over your piece to line it up with the intended landing spot and gently let it come into contact. Smooth it down with the brush as you spread it.
Continue smoothing as you go along to securely attach the leaf to the piece.
I’m a complete amateur at this and I don’t expect to fool anyone but it does give an interesting appearance that can’t be accomplished any other way that I know of. It’s purpose here is simply to add some interest and contrast to the base, which after all is not the main attraction.
All in all I think it looks OK. (There are those toes I mentioned.)
That’s it for now. The project should get posted fairly soon and then I’ll add some finished photos here.
Thanks to everyone who came along for the ride. I hope you had as much fun as I did.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/