Step 20: The First Step of a Crackle Finish

  Now that you have covered your box with all that beautiful decoupage, it's time to add the crackle finish. I prefer a delicate porcelain crackle for this project, so that you can see the images well. There are many kinds of porcelain style crackle finishes out there. The clear finishes are what this project requires, and they are always two parts. Mine had a Part 1 that was so runny that I could only do one side at the time (some are like gels). It was slightly milky, making it hard to see , so I sat near a window for better light, letting each side dry to a tacky finish. Lay down this first layer in "x" strokes to encourage randome crackling. Brush it thinnest over the faces. It looks nicer when you can see the faces better. Take care not to miss anything, or you will have to go back and do it over any spots that were missed. When I did the “roof”, I had to lean the box against the wall  until it was fairly horizontal so it wouldn't drip or run.
I have the best results doing the crackle on a dry day--with low humidity.
Beautiful!&nbsp;I&nbsp;also love the crack finish. This would be cool to make a bird house out of =) Great job very clear instructions!<br /> <br />
Crackle not crack <br /> My bad &gt;.&lt;<br /> <br />
Thank you for that idea. You know I was also thinking of a bat house, because they like the close fit, but the lid would have to be attached against the wind. I&nbsp;have been trying to find out if they texture the inside walls of bat houses. A board on the bottom inside, glued down, plus a new little hole on the front! I&nbsp;read an article that many places are making their bird house entries smaller so that cowbirds can't get in them--they lay eggs in other bird's nests like the cuckoo and are enjoying a population explosion. I&nbsp;am going to make sure and tell the carpenters about any multi-use Idea, and think up a decoupage for a bird house--which could be sealed with outdoor epoxy. Great idea!<br />
Thanks!&nbsp;Ya&nbsp;I heard about that too. This is my new account =) (so same person)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cheers,<br /> Meheh<br />
Wow, great project, I love the crackle finish.<br />
Thanks! I&nbsp;only wish manufacturer's would stop messing with crackle kits. The best one on the market, Anita's, went out of business!&nbsp; It was all the rage, and then suddenly no longer &quot;cool.&quot;&nbsp; <br />

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