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i seek the photograph you desire to color is mounted on a card, first immerse it in hailing hot water This jjtgfo will soften the paste, and in a short time the print may be lifted from the mount. Do not hurry, but give Iv the print a thorough soaking before trying to lift it from the card, anil always use great care to avoid tearing the photograph. Rinse the picture in cold water to clean it from the paste ami coloring matter that may adhere to it from the card. Let it remain in the vessel of clear water until ready for mounting on the glass. Prepare a little thin starch paste, as follows. Amylum (Refined Com Starch) a teaspoonful, cold water 2 ounces, or nitrate strontium ^ ounce; stir till dissolved» then bring it to a boil, stirring constantly.
Have the starch paste thin and strain it through fine muslin. Having cleaned your Convex Glass thoroughly with alcohol and a piece of cotton batting, take the photograph and blot oil the surplus water. Paste the face of the print and the concave or hollow side of the cleaned glass with your starch, being very careful to cover both the print and glass smoothly. A wide bristle brush is most suitable for this work. Lay the print on the glass, the prepared surfaces together, and proceed carefully to work the bubbles out with your lingers, after which lay two or three thicknesses of tissue paper on the print, and with an ivory paper-knife, or flat stiek, w ith curve about the same as the concave surface of the glass, work the print down to the glass, forcing out all the air. "Work from the centre of the glass toward the edges, and with great care, using very light pressure to avoid breaking the glass. Tne mounting of the print should be done quickly, as the paste dries very fast. If any bnbbles should remain, prick them through with a line-pointed needle and rub over with the ivory knife. After mounting the picture on the glass allow it to dry thoroughly. Now lill the concave or hollow side of the glass having the picture 011, with Castor Oil three parts, Oil Lavender one part. Allow the oil to remain until the photograph is transparent; this will take from three to twelve hours. When perfectly transparent, pour oil the oil and wipe with a fine sponge until nearly dry. Your picture is now ready for painting.
The colors applied directly to the photograph are those that need 110 blending—such as the eyes, lips, jewelry, light ribbons, flower ornaments and neck-tie. Edges of ruilles and embroidery should also be touched up on the photograph. W hen you have finished coloring the picture 011 the first glass, pour Glyct rinc over it, being caretul to cover the surface thoroughly. Drain off and then put the other convex glass to the back of the one having the print, and wedge apart from it by attaching little pieces of card-board to the second glass with mucilage.
Have the wedges very narrow and close to the edge. This separates the gliisses and keeps the upper one from pressing the oiled and painted glass below. On this second glass you will color the face and other flesh, hair, drajiery, and, if necessary, the background. The miniature is finished by using card-board to back up the picture, white being very effective.
Bind the edges of the glass and card-board together with strips of adhesive paper.
Caution! Don't use Silver Gloss Starch; it will not do nearly as well as Com Starch.
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The coloring of the eyes, lips, jewelry, ribbons, edges of embroidery, laee, neck-tie, flowers, and other ornaments, is ajiplied directly on the photograph after it is mounted on the glass and made translucent with the oil.
EYES—Use small brush. Blue Eyes—Use Prussian Blue mixed with little Ivory Black. Brown Eyes—Use Vandyke Brown. Grey or IIvzel Eyes—Prussian Blue mixed with Vandyke Brown and Silver White.
LIPS—Use Rose Madder.
JEWELRY—Yellow Ochre for Gold, Silver White for Pearls, Emerald Green for Emeralds, Rose Madder for Rubies.
RIBBONS—Whatever color is required. Flowers and other ornaments the same.
The color for Flesh, Hair, Drapery and Background is applied to the concave surface of the clear glass which is placed over the mounted print.
FLESII—Use Vermilion, Silver White and Chrome Yellow, mix to suit. For children use Rose Madder or Carmine in place of Vermilion. For dark complexions dull the color by adding Vandyke Brown.
HAIR—For blonde hair, use half Naples Yellow and Vandyke Brown. For lights, use Naples Yellow. Brown Hair, Vandyke Brown. Black Hair, Ivory Black and Silver White, adding a little Prussian Blue. For Grey Hair, use Silver White, Najjles Yellow, Black, Burnt Sienna, and a little Prussian Blue.
DRAPERY—Whatever color suits.
BACKGROUND—Your own judgment will suggest the proper color to use.
If you want to change the work in any way, take a small piece of cloth, dipped in turpentine, and remove the color.
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