Tips -- Part III
Check out a few finishing tips from the pros this
After finishing sanding, don't skip sealing your
piece with Gesso or lacquer. It will cost you a lot more time to correct raised grain than
the time you saved skipping this step.
-- Hugh Van Hayes
Before trying to remove stubborn slivers and
fuzzy stuff from your basswood carvings, first seal with a matte sealer. When it is
thoroughly dry, sand using a wadded up brown grocery bag to remove any lifted grain. Then
proceed with clean up.
-- Tina Toney
This paint tip comes from Jim Sprankle, champion
fowl carver and instructor.
- The successful painters that I have known over 26
years of carving and painting have had an open mind. They are willing to try different
paint combinations and in carving they are abreast of any new tools.
If you mix your colors for painting, Jim also
- Don't be afraid to take detailed notes while you
are painting and carving, especially in painting. Keep track of paint ratios, as you will
find you are painting several birds with identical colors or close to identical colors.
Having a handy reference will save much time and considerable frustration.
Clean your paintbrush by holding it at a 45
degree angle against the side of the cleaning container and twirl lightly. This makes your
brush last much longer.
-- Ron Broadwater
- After cleaning your paint brushes with a brush
soap, apply the soap to the brush and set the tip. This will help you keep the tip fine
and prolong the use of the brushes. Make sure you rinsed the brush before using.
-- Frank Stripe
Tip of the Month from Delta:
- When painting small wood pieces, loop a piece of
masking tape sticky-side up, around your index finger opposite the hand that you paint
with. Then place the small wood piece on the masking tape and paint the top and edges of
the wood piece. Place on wax paper to dry. This method makes the wood piece easier to hold
and keeps the paint off your fingers!
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