As near as my notes can tell me, this third wave started when I golded Ambolena's right eye. I do tend to save the eyes for last, not because the horse doesn't need them (often desperately) but because I think my skill will be best by then. Even so I referred back to Isaac Brushett's tutorial, posted in the first days of the first NMPM. Painting Eyes. I'm not the greatest at this particular part; I think Brasenose got the better of them. But I learned and am satisfied.
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Off eye. This shot shows the black-tipped ears. They and the mane are darker than the muzzle. Although the Edge Cote was marvelous, I didn't quite dare use more than a few dabs on the muzzle. I think I'd got used to her as she was in that area.
My NMPM Notebook says UNKNOWN HOUR -- POST GILDING.
"All I know is that a Microbrush dipt in rubbing alcohol, then in Pearl Ex Brilliant Or (Gold) and made a paste of, then applied sparingly to a horse already finished & sealed, gives a clear transparent yet pure gold coat. I was unable to stop. The edges run out & blend together. Only small areas at a time -- less than half a square inch. If you scrub too hard the sealant is dissolved and you take away existing color (bucksin becomes white). If you don't dip your brush every area, you get crumbs + flakes of drier lumpy gold. Only by constant wiping & dipping and paste-making did I cover her; and even now I don't know how I managed it. I do know the alcohol dish had to be refilled 3 times. That's how fast it evaporates."
(Note the 'dish' is one of the salts: about 2 teaspoons.)
The first shots of the transfiguration merely made it look like a gloss coat. I had been afraid of this. There are limits to the camera, especially in the middle of the night when one's exhausted spirits are up in the clouds trying to find Bible verses that refer to transparent gold.
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Revelation 21:21: "The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass."
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And from my main Notebook:
"2:08 am Well we know what happened! You discovered gilding-by-alcohol and didn't stop til the whole filly was covered, sans points. It was now 1:30 in the morning (I have a trip tomorrow morning) and I had no real way of spray-sealing this unbelievable delectable bauble of a horse, this halfway-to-Decorator, this Renaissance gilded lily, this Pearl Ex overload. I am ashamed to show my face -- she is so over-the-top. I am no better than the kids with their blue color-shift Albicorns.
Except that she's a Teke.
Except that I've loved and collected Decorators all my life.
Except that this cracks open Hillingar's case, and every metallic horse I've ever admired.
I had no business complaining about my earlier problems (I can't even remember them!). Events have moved too fast. We've catapulted way beyond even Brasenose. He has outbred himself..."
Next morning, I shot her on the railing outside, and the true tale was revealed. My fatal flaw was that inability to stop. I should have left the sooty parts alone.
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Many and heartfelt thanks to Jennifer, Margarita, Jenn Danza, Sarah Mink, Isaac Brushett and the whole phenomena of NaMoPaiMo.