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    Posted 6 years ago

    Drill
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    This item was posted about a 2 months ago,you can look at my (past) posts to see the original worn blue crystallized finish. I decided to give the metal a cooper faux finish with additional cooper nail work on the base metal ,There is also some additional (nickel finish) nail work to complement what was originally done (I did take some artistic license as usual but tried to keep with the spirit of the piece.)I did engrave into the front black metal two Knight 's of the round table helmets as well as my own Monolithic initials(M.J.S.) with lion and staff in the center.(Hard to see from the pictures unless you zoom in.) This trunk had wonderful embossed metal on the slat wood that you just don't often see.As well as a unique front slat design that was not often used.Heavy hardware and wonderful interior lid paper that I retouched and protected with Artists Clear Matte finish. I stripped the interior paper and stained and clear coated the interior as well as 5 coats of Clear Varnish on the exterior.Originally this was going to be a toy box for my little guy.I apparently have to many in the house already, so with my better half's nudging, I decided to sell it to a nice woman in Arizona. A fun project to refinish.

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    Comments

    1. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Stunning look to the piece -- love the crown and the Nights on it...
    2. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Thanks T-man,and official fuel .
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Drill, this is absolutely amazing in every way!! Wow!! Your work never ceases to amaze me. I'd love to know how you created that faux copper finish, as it is so awesome looking!! Nice work my friend, as usual!!
    4. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Ok! Scott Double top secret copper faux finish revealed , Paints necessary -Rustoleum bronze hammered finish (spray), Rustoleum metallic copper (spray) Rustoleum flat black (spray). Process- (note)Every thing is done with 3/8" ,1/4" Artists brushes. (Important to understand the concept of layering and spaying into 4 small containers, everything dries fast).
      First is a base of hammered bronze only dabbing with the brush,Note: never paint ,stroking leaves brush marks only dab, then dabs of copper mixed with shot of bronze. Then another layer of bronze dabbing, then another of copper with a shot of bronze. The last step is dabbing with just the copper and dabbing a touch of black with dry brush as opposed to a wet brush.Then coat with clear shellac. Important to do a mockup on a piece of scrap metal to hone your craft.

      The idea is hammered copper in the (middle) of it's aging process Brownish (Fully aged oxidized copper is that wonderful statue of liberty green) so I intentionally beat up the metal with a small tack hammer. The copper nail pattern was inspired by a "Ball Theatrical trunk". Good luck time consuming but worth it.
    5. JonB, 6 years ago
      Drill, I just keep coming back to this post. The talent you demonstrated in different disciplines in this piece is amazing. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your next post.
    6. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Thanks JonB It's a labor of love. Just finishing up a H.C. Faber Theatrical,combination Trunk 1908 that I got to post soon ,you'll dig it.

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