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Take zinc white, mix it with boiled oil to about the thickness of
cream, add a little drying, such as painters use. Keep in a tin pail
(one holding about a pint is a good size); have a piece of board cut
round, with a screw in the center for a handle, to fit _loosely_ into
the pail; drop this on the paint and it will keep it from drying up.
Add a little oil occasionally to keep the paint from growing too
thick, and it will always be ready for use.
Take a fine stencil brush (or any brush with a square end), wind it
tightly with a string from the handle down to within one half inch of
the end; this will make it just stiff enough to distribute the paint
well. Keep the brush in water, to keep it from drying up, taking care
to wipe off the water before using.
THE CARE OF PATTERNS.
New patterns, before being used, should be rubbed over on the rough
side with a smooth piece of pumice stone; this wears off the burr and
makes the stamping come out cleaner and finer. When patterns are so
large that they have to be folded, iron out the creases before using
them. After using the patterns for powder stamping, snap the pattern
to shake the powder from the perforations. After using the patterns
for paint stamping they should be washed thoroughly with naphtha until
the perforations are all perfectly clear. Keep the naphtha away from
the fire. After the pattern has been washed, do not use it for powder
until it has had time to thoroughly dry, otherwise it will gum up the
holes and spoil the pattern.
If these directions are carefully followed the stamping will always be
satisfactory.--_Popular Art Instructor._
Bronzing is the latest improvement in waxwork, and if properly made
cannot be detected from the most expensive artistic bronze. It answers
for table, mantel, and bracket ornaments, and may be exposed to dust
and air without sustaining the slightest injury. It can be dusted with
a feather duster like any piece of furniture, and is a very desirable
and inexpensive ornament.
The colors required in bronze are: Silver bronze, gold bronze, copper
bronze, fire bronze, and green bronze.
THE ART OF MAKING A VASE IN BRONZE.
For instruction, let us take a vase to be finished in copper bronze.
First the vase must be molded. The casting material is one part wax,
one part spermaceti, two parts mutton tallow. Melt the three articles
together and color with burnt umber. Have a coil of fine hair wire,
cut into one-half inch lengths, and when the mixture is melted to the
consistency of thick cream stir in the cut wire by degrees until there
is a sprinkling of it throughout the mixture; then pour into the
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