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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

it long enough for eight or nine inches of stem. Wire must also be 

laid on all the side ribs or veins leading to the midrib. These small 

wires are all brought to the center wire and laid evenly by its side 

till they all come to the stem, where they are all twisted around it 

to form one long, thick stem. Give the leaf another coating of dark 

olive-green wax (this covers the wires), then finish with a thin 

coating of burnt umber tinted with Vandyke brown, and the under 

surface of the leaf is finished. Remove the natural leaf from the 

waxen and tint the veins lightly with carmine. Brush a little carmine 

loosely on the darkest shade in the center of the leaf, and before it 

sticks blow off as much as possible, when enough will be left to give 

it that reddish-green tint peculiar to the begonia rex leaf. The next 

is to finish the silver belt or silvery leaf-markings midway between 

the center and the edge of the leaf. This strip must be rubbed with 

spirits of turpentine; then with the tinting brush apply a coating of 

silver bronze (Nos. 4000 and 6000), care being taken that the bronze 

does not scatter over the leaf. Now the leaf is finished. 

 

If the work is done according to directions, the waxen leaf will be a 

true copy of the original. Continue in the same way till all the 

leaves are made, then wax the stems and run them through the begonia 

stemming, when they may be arranged in their natural growing manner in 

a flowerpot filled with moss; or, if preferred, the flowerpot may be 

filled with wax, in _terre-verte_ green, and the stems must be placed 

in it before the wax gets hard. 

 

 

HOW TO MAKE BEGONIA STEMMING. 

 

Procure the bristles of a very young pig, five or six weeks old. After 

washing, put them in a very strong solution of chloride of lime and 

let them remain in it till whitened; then rinse well in warm water 

till free from chlorine. Color them while damp, some in different 

shades of green and some in different shades of brown. After the 

bristles are ready, the next thing is to make the stemming. Take a 

square piece of cambric and fasten it in a stretcher, then give it a 

thick coating of mastic varnish, and when the varnish is dry cut the 

cambric on a true bias into straight strips of different widths, from 

an inch to two inches, and half a yard in length. Lay one of these 

strips on a table or some smooth surface, add another coat of varnish, 

then cover it with glaucous green flock, care being taken to leave a 

narrow margin bare on one side to lap under the other when the piping 

is being made. Dip the bristles in mastic varnish, sprinkle them 

thickly over the flock, and leave for twenty-four hours to dry; when 

thoroughly dry, revarnish the bare edge, and turn it in underneath the 

other edge, thus forming the strip into a pipe, ready to receive the 

wire stems of the leaves. Brown and crimson flock may be used. 


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