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Make The Dead Glorious Again (3) – how to use crackle paste

Sixpence None The Richer ‘love, salvation, the fear of death’

Following on from the last post, I thought it may be helpful to demonstrate how to use crackle paste. This can be very expensive – whether it’s sold as crackle paste, or crackle paint, so it’s best to shop around; but it creates much better effects than crackle medium.

Basecoating with textured paint aids adhesion – by its nature, crackle paste can flake off from sheer surfaces. So, I used red oxide paint here:


Crackle paste:


Apply with a spatula, or something similar, as the paste is very sticky and doesn’t apply well when brushed onto surfaces:


Cover the base – I made slight variations in thickness, as the thinner the coat of paste the smaller the cracks are, while a heavy application results in larger cracks:


As it begins to dry, cracks appear:


Nearly there:


Done – although it’s best to leave it overnight, just be sure. Once fully dry, it can be painted over:


The base itself is pretty much finished, though I intend to mount it on a board when the diorama itself is complete:


I was going to paint the eagle up as an albino bird, to contrast with the carrion crow; but thought that a phoenix would make for better symbolism, and look more colourful:


The colours were based on the phoenix birds, from the portal of Nadir Divan-Beghi madrasah.


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