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Painted & Aged Wooden Articulated Modeling Hands

Can I please have a show of hands from those that like these hands!  Cheesy?  I had a handful working on this project line.  (crickets)  Okay, I give up.  It was a lot of work getting these hands to look the way I wanted but the work was definitely worth the reward.

I've got big plans for really jazzing up my booth spaces at Timeline Antiques (Shreveport, LA).  I've seen people use retail mannequin hands before to hold things, but I wanted to go the articulated route so they could be more industrious.  I just wish I had made more!

I started with a batch of Annie Sloan chalk paint in a darker shade of brown after mixing a few colors together and adding some crush walnut shell for some darker pigment in the mix.

After a few coats of the dark brown base layer, I gave each hand a few coats of different Annie Sloan chalk paint color.

Once I had a good, solid coat on each hand, I went to town hand distressing each one with a damp 3M scrubbing pad.  That's the tricky part getting it down to only the levels you want and stopping.  When you wipe away the milky paint that you've rubbed off, you see that you've actually gone a little further than you thought.  The key is to distress your projects in places that would normally have wear and tear.  That always gives you the look of authenticity.

The last step is the most fun painting and jabbing the dark wax from Annie Sloan all over it and then rubbing away  the high spots and leaving exactly what you want behind to display some old grit and dirty crevices.  

Thanks everyone for allowing me to show some of my "handy" work.  Sorry, I couldn't resist!

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Reader Comments (9)

Hi Brian,
Where did you find the hands to begin with?

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervintagelittlebird

I actually found these at a junk shop.

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergadgetsponge

Funky! LOVE them - will they be holding lamps??? Can't wait to see their many many uses.

Thanks Michael! Glad to see you swing by! I think (for now) I'll use them to hold certain things in the both from small objects to lamp cords, etc. I'm sure they'll have a long life and may end up for sale after lots of use.

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergadgetsponge

Are they for sale? I'd love to have one!

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTopo

I was going to keep them to use in my booth spaces, but I think I've decided to use them all on one hand/coat rack wall feature in the near future.

November 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterBrian Carlisle

I'm really blown away by your work - so much fun to have a look at your gems. Thanks so much for sharing.
regards from Germany

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRike


did you use clear wax before or after the dark wax?

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Holly, I generally only use dark wax. I don't feel the need to use clear before on most all my projects. I like things to have that "dirtier" look. Thanks!

November 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterBrian Carlisle

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