Jack Devereux Posted December 28, 2016 Report Share Posted December 28, 2016 So, I'm just about to start varnishing a fiddle and thinking about antiquing. I started this one on spec and built it "new," but subsequently, a fellow has bought it and decided he wants it antiqued. In the past, I've kind of antiqued as I've gone along --rounded the corners and edge work over and softened the back of the scroll before varnishing, applied color varnish only in the places it wouldn't be worn back, then adding texture with rocks, chains, machine guns, chainsaws, particle colliders, the ususal-- but now that I have this unantiqued woodworking in front of me, I'm wondering about varnishing it straight and then antiquing the whole thing from there. Any thoughts? Would this lead to a more "real" look? In the past I've been frustrated with my antiquing because it looks pretty convincing from 10 feet away, but falls apart pretty quickly upon closer inspection. thanks, Jack Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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