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  • Santa Howards Feed and Wax

    Finished a Santa ornament today and decided to sacrific one to a new finish I been wanting to try.I always finish the carving with a coat of Howards Feed & Wax. Today I decided to mix a very small amount of Artist Burnt Umber oil paint in with my Howards to just test a feeling i had on a darker wax.Please let me know what you think, I actually like the finish.
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    Mark N. Akers
    My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

  • #2
    Mark,

    I think you are king of the Santa’s and the darkened wax gives it that antique look that is so popular.

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    • #3
      Fine carving and finish, Mark. I never heard of your finishing technique but like it. I use to put burnt umber and linseed oil over the painting to give it an antique effect. I might use your technique and see how I like it...up close.

      Great idea!
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

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      • #4
        Think Ed said it all. Awesome Mark.

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        • #5
          The darker one is better, your detail shows more.
          I also use the Feed-N-Wax, just before it I paint m carvings in a mixture of BLO, Mineral oil & Burnt Umber oil paint. Let it set for maybe 30 secs. then wipe it off. then add the Feed-N-Wax, it is set at least 20 mins. then buff it off. two similar methods.
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Looks great Mark. It's funny I just did that yesterday to the Frankenstein I made. I got the idea from watching a Kevin Applegate video where he did it.
            Anders.
            https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackBladesNW

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            • #7
              Wow, so Kevin mixes oil paint with his Howards Feed & Wax, I'll have to check out his videos.
              Mark N. Akers
              My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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              • #8
                I like it Mark.
                Herb

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                • #9
                  Mark, your faces are incredible. I also checked out your Etsy page and again was impressed. Great job!
                  The Burnt Umber adds additional depth to the shadows and looks great. I think antiquing can be overdone, but you seemed to find a great balance.

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                  • #10
                    Hi, Mark, I feel that Antiquing finishes the Piece . It adds Realism . Your Santa Proves it . Great Pieces as usual . Merle

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                    • #11
                      Hi Mark, I agree with every thing before... your finishing makes it.

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                      • #12
                        Nice Santa's, Mark!

                        Claude
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                        • #13
                          Love both but would choose the darker one if I had a choice!

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                          • #14
                            That is a humdinger. I also like the darker one, but would also be happy with the lighter color. Ethier way it looks great. Thanks for showing and explaining the finish.
                            Carve On,
                            Kadiddle

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                            • #15
                              Both are very nice, Mark, but I prefer the darker one, too. Difference between the two is very subtle.
                              Arthur

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