Tuesday, June 9, 2015
sometimes I wonder if I even know what I'm doing
I'm a little disgusted with myself right now. I spent the day yesterday messing around with oil paints on the little peach flower sculpture trying to lighten it up but I eventually cleaned it all off since it just wasn't looking the way I had it in my head to look. So, new idea. I would just use a bit darker pink and paint the stamens so they would stand out better and then a dot of yellow on the ends which I intended to do all along since I didn't think I could get a tiny bit of yellow frit to stay in place during casting.
That worked well enough so I set it aside and started on the peach wood top. It needed a little sanding, which I did, and since I didn't want to stain it or seal it, I figured I would do a hand rubbed finish. Before I did that though, I wanted to see how all the pieces looked together since I have not ever put them all together before. So I balanced the box on the upside down cast bronze peach pit feet, put the wood top on top and the flower sculpture on top of that and as I held the cast peach inlay piece against the front of the box, the whole thing teetered over and I snatched the box with one hand and the flower sculpture with the other before it hit the table and in the process smeared the paint.
Well, fine. Be that way. I put it aside to touch up later.
Next I rubbed lemon oil on the wood, for that hand rubbed finish, and I knew it would darken it some but was not prepared for how much the oil actually did darken the wood which is still a pretty piece of wood with nice grain and now the sculpture does not stand out from the wood the way it did prior to the lemon oil.
Sheesh! Am I ever satisfied?
Well, satisfied or not, I'm done with this piece. It's time to move on. Now as soon as the adhesive I ordered arrives, I can put it all together.
So, did I ever tell y'all what I plan to fill the peach box with after I finally get it finished?