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to be decorated, and with the roller press it well down. With the
brush wet the back of the paper covering the design, when the paper
may be at once lifted off. Another method is to cut out the design
carefully and cover it with a thin coating of mastic varnish, and lay
it upon the silk or other fabric (which should be dampened) and roll
thoroughly with a rubber roller; dampen the back of the paper with the
brush and lift it off as previously directed.
TO MAKE WAX FLOWERS.
The following articles will be required to commence waxwork: Two
pounds white wax, one quarter pound hair wire, one bottle carmine, one
bottle ultramarine blue, one bottle chrome yellow, two bottles chrome
green No. 1, one bottle each of rose pink, royal purple, scarlet
powder, and balsam fir; two dozen sheets white wax. This will do to
begin with. Now have a clean tin dish, and pour therein a quart or two
of water; then put in about one pound of the white wax and let it
boil. When cool enough so the bubbles will not form on top it is ready
to sheet, which is done as follows: Take half of a window pane, 7 x 9,
and, after having washed it clean, dip into a dish containing weak
soapsuds; then dip into the wax, and draw it out steadily and plunge
it into the suds, when the sheet will readily come off. Lay it on a
cloth or clean paper to dry. Proceed in like manner until you have
enough of the white; then add enough of the green powder to make a
bright color, and heat and stir thoroughly until the color is evenly
distributed, then proceed as for sheeting white wax. The other colors
are rubbed into the leaves after they are cut out, rubbing light or
heavy according to shade.
For patterns you can use any natural leaf, forming the creases in wax
with the thumb nail or a needle. To put the flowers together, or the
leaves on to the stem, hold in the hand until warm enough to stick. If
the sheeted wax is to be used in summer, put in a little balsam of fir
to make it hard. If for winter, none will be required.
You can make many flowers without a teacher, but one to assist in the
commencement would be a great help, though the most particular thing
about it is to get the wax sheeted. The materials I have suggested can
be procured at any drug store, and will cost from .00 to .50.
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