Maybe we should call Earth Day, Mother's Day instead. Where would we all be without 'her'..... this gorgeous, wonderous mass of hills and valleys, oceans and deserts, tundras and savannahs? And where will we all be if we don't change our habits--- just one at a time--- until we finally allow 'her' to be all 'she' can be, and all 'she' should be?
One of the new items at Serendipity was brought in with a missing handle. The problem was the missing piece was a heavily carved, wood handle on a large Chinese armoire. (See the diagonal lines etched in the drawer in the middle of the photo? That's where the missing handle should be).
I decided I could use polymer clay to make a mould. First I covered an existing handle with the clay to make the impression. Then I took the moulded piece home to bake and cool. After the mould was hardened, I pressed black polymer clay in, to make the impression, and then hollowed out the back (to create the pull) and baked the handle.
Back at Serendipity with the black clay handle, I covered the piece in gold metallic acrylic paint, let dry and then covered with liquid brown shoe polish. After wiping and tweaking, I applied a bit of schmutz (from a 'secret source') and Sue did the honors with the Gorilla Glue. Pretty fabulous, huh?
And here is the end result! The top drawer on the left has the new handle... would you have known? A little moulding perfection, if I do say so myself. Restorative magic! You could try this same technique on a damaged frame or anything with missing details, as long as you have an intact area from which to create a mould.
Oh, and the 'secret schmutz' to give that aged appearance... well, you'll just have to ask Sue about that.