Previously on Hand Carved Signs, John asked about carving the beads. Which came first; the scratch stock or the gouge?
Actually, I didn’t force fit either. I used a previously made scratch stock and happily I had a gouge that matched well. I picked up a cutoff and made these photos for a tutorial better than words alone.
Yes, we end up with facets … the things that distinguish hand carved from CNC milled junk.
If you like beads, see Mary May’s lesson about a stunning beaded fireplace panel. I’m stealing that one for an upcoming sign!
Art Willey says
I’ve been fooling around with gilding, although not in signs. A friend who does restorations of gilded antique frames uses gesso as a base material which he then re-guilds with size and then new gold leaf. Sepp, who offers gold leaf in it’s many types, also offers gesso and size.
Thanks for the suggestions Art.
John, the fellow I made this blog entry for, also makes gilded art frames and uses gesso beneath the gold. I’ve considered it, but haven’t yet tried it. I imagine it will work OK for lettering, although I wonder about obscuring detail for finer carving work.
Thanks again. I’ll try it sometime.