Finish options for carvings

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There are 5 basic options for finishing a carving:

1.  24 karat Gold Leaf - this is very bright and shiny.  Gold leaf is dazzling when it reflects sunlight.
2.  Burnished, antiqued, or aged gold leaf - this can be achieved to create anything from a subtle burnished look to decrease the sheen all the way to an authentic 200 year old original antique aesthetic.  
3.  Natural - No gold leaf is applied so the natural wood grain shows through.  This also can be antiqued to any degree desired.
4.  Painted - Bellamy painted some of his eagles white.  This is a clean and crisp look.
5.  "White Gold" - this is gold leaf alloyed with silver.  I had a recent order from Vineyard Vines for a whale carving in white gold.  I will post the photo soon.

Here are examples of each of the above......

1.  24k Gold Leaf




 

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2.  Antiqued Gold Leaf

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Lightly burnished 24k
Gold Leaf

Moderate antiquing

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3.  Natural

Light degree - knots show through

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Heavy antiquing

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4.  Painted

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5. White gold - Photo coming soon