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spirits of turpentine, then apply the green bronze--the two numbers,
COPPER BRONZE STATUARY.
Prepare the mixture in burnt umber and proceed as directed.
Statuettes, or any object in plaster of Paris, may be made to resemble
bronze by first rendering the plaster nonabsorbent with drying linseed
oil and then painting it with a varnish made by grinding waste gold
leaf with honey or gum water.
Another method is by first painting the article, after it has been
rendered nonabsorbent, of a dark color made of Prussian blue, yellow
ochre, and verditer, ground in oil. Before this becomes quite dry,
bronze powder of several colors should be dusted on those most
prominent parts which may be supposed to have worn bright. Plaster
casts may also be made to resemble bronze to a certain extent by
merely brushing them over with graphite, which is a brilliant
METHOD OF MAKING EMBOSSED MUSLIN LEAVES.
Take a piece of green muslin or calico and size it well with
isinglass, then take the natural leaf, lay the sized piece of muslin
over it on the under or veined side of the leaf, let the muslin remain
on it till almost dry and the impression is set; then with a pair of
sharp scissors cut the muslin around the leaf, either plain or
The impression may be taken of any leaf or flower in this way. The use
of muslin leaves tends to make the work more durable and is found very
convenient for the artist.
THE ART OF MAKING EXOTIC LEAVES.
The begonia rex makes a beautiful parlor plant. Five or seven leaves
make a nice-sized plant: Select five or seven healthy begonia leaves
of different sizes, as no two leaves of the rex are of one size on the
same plant. Cut the leaves closely off the stem and immerse them in a
solution of cold water and castile soap. Leave them in this twelve
hours before using. Melt the wax to the consistency of cream, in
chrome green, permanent green, dark olive-green, and verdigris-green.
Now take a leaf out of the soapsuds and lay it on a marble slab,
keeping the under surface or veined side uppermost; then with a
camel's-hair brush lay on the melted wax in different shades,
following the shades of the natural leaf. The soapsuds having made the
leaf transparent, all the shades and spots can be plainly seen on the
veined side, which is the side the waxen leaf has to be formed on. The
belt of light green over the silvery markings of the leaf should be
put on with verdigris-green. Begin the leaf in the center and continue
on each side of the midrib till the edge is reached and the leaf has a
thick coating of wax. Then lay a wire along the midrib or center of
the leaf, fasten it in the wax by pressing, care being taken to leave
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