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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Painting a metal flower
This big raw brass flower has good bones, but needs a little more flavor.
Paints and inks can add color while opalescent powders can add sparkle. Combining them is easy and can be fun if you are just a bit relaxed with technique. In art this is called a painterly approach.
I started with a Ranger Patina in a deep green.
Brush up the center to simulate the rib and then move out from the rib as the petals would grow.
I next added a gold translucent paint to blend the darker color.
This leaves a base to build on.
Now a red orange was added .
That again blended in stripes.
More back and forth.
As the richness of the surface builds I begin to use lighter and more transparent layers.
Blending out all this in wet layers leaving streaks.
Pearl powders added and blended then heat treated and its ready for a coat of lacquer to seal the surface.
I picked out a domed glass bead and copper colored crown mount to cover the center. E-6000 was added to hold the mount and stone.
A chain with lobster clasp to finish it up.
And this is the final result. Don't take this as a masterpiece, just a direction to guide your experiments. And most of all have fun.