Potato Part 1
By Bob Sherman
|140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax||Several pounds.|
|Vybar 103||1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.|
|Optional - 1 ounce per pound of wax.|
|Steak And Potato Mold||One .|
|Melting / Pouring Pot||One for each color.|
|Dyes||Harvest gold, Brown|
|Wick||#1 square braid was used here, but you may need a different size depending on your wax formula and candle diameter.|
|Acrylic Floor Wax||I recommend Future Brand - from the supermarket. Alternatively a clear matte acrylic spray can be used.|
|Paint Brush||One moderately stiff brush and one soft brush 1/2 inch wide will suffice.|
|Paint - Potato||I use the 2 ounce bottles of acrylic folk art paint available in any craft store. When selecting paint bring a potato for a good color match to the base color. Pick up a dark brown as well. Hint: squinting your eyes when looking at the potato will average the tones and allow you to get an accurate base color.|
|Baking Pan, Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons||Purchase at a housewares store or a dollar store.|
|1. This mold is uneven, so supporting it in a tray of sand is recommended. This also helps prevent heat warping.||2. Use the slightest bit of gold dye to tint the wax (the color of the inside of a baked potato). Pour the mold no hotter than 160 degrees F. or you will destroy the mold. After de molding, level the base. Before continuing, brush 2 coats of floor wax on or spray several coats of clear acrylic. Allow it to dry between each coat. This will make it easier to paint.|
|3. Use a real potato as a model when selecting your colors.||4. Taking care not to get paint in the crack, paint a thin layer of the base color with the soft brush.|
5. Allow to dry fully.
The following technique is called dry brushing. it produces depth and texture by applying small amounts of progressively lighter or darker color. In this case we will be using progressively darker colors although for painting most things, using lighter colors works better.
|6. Squeeze out a large blob of the base color. This same blob of paint will be used for all the following steps so make sure you have enough. Add one drop of dark brown and stir with the back end of the brush handle.|
|7. Dip your stiff brush into the paint and rub back and forth on a paper towel until no paint is coming off the brush - hence the term dry brush.||8. Scrub the potato using the dry brush. The first brushing should be quite vigorous, however as the color gets darker less and less pressure should be applied.|
|9. Stir in another drop of dark brown and repeat steps 7 and 8.||10. Repeat the process until your potato looks real. Compare to your model potato often.|
|11. Use a small drill bit to make a wick hole.||12. Insert a pre tabbed wick into the hole.|
|13. Trim the wick to 1/4 inch.||14. The finished potato next to the steak. See Part 2 of this article for instructions on painting the steak.|
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Author: Bob Sherman
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