Next step; using aluminum foil, I wax with floor wax and buff out, crumple a little and lay flat. Mix acrylic pore in several thin pores. After it has cured, heat with hair dryer till almost to hot to hold, then bend to fit habitat. Place icicles and mix more acrylic and pore several times to get to shape you want. Wad Seran wrap and place at base to resemble splash, pore more acrylic.Remove tape and pore over edge to get clear coat on walnut base.
Airbrushing by Josh Seaman , beginner help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wekSe5Qp0Co
This is a real helpful site.
Also some additional help here.
The Iwata web site home page.
Tupelo , Basswood, Butternut base and brass leaves
Another one finished.
I was recently asked which carving I liked best? I said it was like picking which kid you liked best. It is hard selecting any one. Some are flawed, can always do better on the next carving. But I think the one I like best are the ones that I am working on at the time. The visualizing what you want to carve and figuring how to accomplish it. Then finishing it off with some habitat. Good example is the lady slippers. Had thought about it for several years and one day I just started. I sure like the final effect and finish.
Getting ready for a power carving class in Branson at Peter Engler Designs. It is a 5 Day class August 7th to 11th, 2017. Class cost is $165.00 and material is $50.00. Class includes carving, painting and building a habitat. Material includes a roughout, notebook with patterns, paint and material for the habitat. Contact Laura at 417-294-5157 for registration form and additional information. Or me 479-756-6302. More pictures when I finalize habitat in a couple of weeks.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.