I painted the gold size, on the letter faces, waited for it to tack up and then applied the 23K gold. That added a whole lot of bling in a hurry but I wasn’t finished yet. I applied another layer of size to the upper portions of the lettering with a ragged lower edge and then applied some variegated leaf to that area. The lettering instantly came alive! When the gold had cured I mounted the lettering to the lid top and used sculpting epoxy to form the gravel and rocks radiating out from the center of the rocket blast.
After this cured I applied the two coats of metallic copper, two blends and then a glaze to tome it all down. When that had dried a little subtle dry brushing with some orange metallic gave the rocks a nice sheen. The piece looks like a giant cake ready for a deluxe topper. Now the real fun begins!