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Shellac & Acrylic

This video is taken from the Greater Mouse-eared Bat project.

I don't paint my carvings but I do sometime play with the finishes in order to make certain parts clearer. Here we have a soft leather fur next to a shnly leathery skin. The finishes I used here were very successful in differentiating these parts of the bat and that added a lot to the realism.


| 23 November 2014 21:42

Laurent - Lacquer (shellac) is very much a surface treatment, like varnish, faster drying and shiny, as I use here. So, a good substitute. I do have some but for some unknown reason never think of using it - I will now!

| 23 November 2014 16:04

Hi Chris, great videos lots of information. Lacquer was not mentionned in any of your videos so i guess you dont use it... I there any sepcific reason why we shouldnt use it?
thank you.

| 01 September 2013 14:17

Ann - Re-finishing is a big one. Finishes mature quickly, so if you re-carve an area and add the finish again you'll find it doesn't match the finish you have left. So you really have to cut everything back to bare wood and start again. It's one of the reasons I keep my finishes very simple, make sure the wood is well carved and properly prepared, and I've tested the finish out elsewhere before applying it. There's a bunch of caveats for you!

| 20 August 2013 09:02

Chris, when one isn't satisfied with the finish of a carving, or is tempted to actually go back and re-carve some zones, are there any suggestions or "caveats" that you could share? Thanks as always

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