Marbling A Malachite Gemstone
with Goldleaf accents creates a unique Crown Molding.
Mr. Faux & The Team Do It Again!
Working on this amazing interior design by Myron Wolman, a malachite marbling technique created by artist Mike MacNeil helped in the development of this Faux Painted Malachite Gemstone appearance become possible for this detailed crown molding accented with Goldleaf.
What is Malachite?
Malachite is used as a gemstone and is actually a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. It was actually used as one of the first ores to produce copper metal. Nowadays it is used more as a precious stone because it’s only found in small quantities. Malachite has been used as a sculpture material for thousands of years.
Hand-Painted Malachite Marble Technique
Because of the non-fading qualities of the gemstone it can easily be ground and used as a powder pigment. It was first used in Egypt & Israel over 4000 years ago. This pigment was one of the first green-colored pigments used for painting by artists as with Pietro Perugino below.
Using a decorative faux finish marbling technique these gemstones’ unique characteristics were produced by Mr. Faux and his team of artisans for this interior design by Myron Wolman. In combination with Goldleaf accents really adds to the quality of the work.
Malachite Crown Molding with Goldleaf Accents
The amazing transition is remarkable, to say the least, and once the room is completed these accents will not go unnoticed.
Mr. Faux (Chris Burke) and Artisan Bob Gore
worked hard at this specialized marbling technique by Mike MacNeil.
The time that it takes to execute this meticulous finish takes a lot of patience and creative flow as there’s not much room for errors. Accuracy and composition are important to keep a design like this consistent.
The Goldleaf accents really add to the detail of the crown molding. The application of the ultra-thin gold leaf is done the same way as it has been for generations which takes an exceptionally steady hand and accuracy to obtain a consistency to appear at near flawless perfection. Goldleaf, Silverleaf, and other natural metals have a character, unlike any metallic paints which gives the detail a nice warm glow instead of a shiny almost obtrusive glare.
However, there are many instances where the glossy shine of metallic paint works well within an interior design but with this design by Myron Wolman that was not the intention of what appears to be more of a
Traditional Early American Ambiance.
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