Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Everyone Needs an Angel: Part II
We are in the final stretch now!
Once your angel is completely dry, we need to put a protective coating on her to keep her looking great. My choice of medium for this task is paste finishing wax.
Using a small amount of wax and a coffee filter, lightly buff the angel with the wax. This will give her a protective satin finish. It adds just the right finishing touch to the antique character of the angel. A bonus too in that there is no drying time once you are done, you are done! A word of caution though; buffing too hard can damage your angel. An angel without wings and a halo, just isn't an angel. Go lightly and you will be pleased with your outcome.
If you would like your angel to star in your latest Christmas tree production, then you will want to add a string. I have chosen to use silk cord, like that used for jewelry (mainly because I make jewelry and have it handy), but you may use whatever stringing material you like.
Put a dot of tack or craft glue (something that will dry clear) at the center top of the angel's wings. There should be enough space to gently tuck the ends of the string so that they are hidden below the wings. You may need to use a toothpick to aid in hiding the ends of string. Let this dry overnight to insure a firm hold on the string.
All this work has paid off! We now have a beautiful angel(s) to adorn our household Christmas scenes!