The four remaining leaves of the I series will require the application of yellow paint, which brings us to that department of our subject which refers to the application of colours - and which it will be necessary for us to explain before we proceed further.
The bright surface of the wax being slightly greased in the process of cutting into sheets, the colours must always be applied on the dull side. The wax, however, will not receive common thin water-colour applied in the usual manner. Powder colours - of which a small stock should be kept - are used in the following manner: - Having taken a very minute quantity of colour-powder on the blade of a penknife, lay it upon a palette, or the under side of a plate, and press it with the blade to destroy any lumps. With the penknife also add a very small quantity of weak gum water, and work the mass to the consistent of cream. The colours must be applied with tinting - brushes, which are sold in the shops lor oriental tinting, with points us in the engraving. Each colour requires a separate brush, as powder-colour will not mix like fluid ones. The brush must be held upright at right angles to the wax, and the colour applied in he direction of the graining-. The colour must be applied at once. Yellow paint should be thus applied to the remaning- four petals of the I series, taking care that the pigment does not touch the point where it is intended to adhere to the basement.
(See; cut.) After allowing a minute or two to pass, take the first painted, and having slightly curled it with the dry curling-pin, fix it a little higher than the former ones, and a little on one side of the middle line, so that one leaf cannot come exactly behind another. The cut represents the flower with the petals on one side torn away, to show the position of the leaves on the other. The four painted leaves should stand thus, with regard to each other, looking in at the top of the flower.
The next size, H, gives two rows of four, the points b»ing placed opposite the vacancies between those previously used. No paint is applied to these; and they must be less curled.
Before fixing the G series, having curled each petal by rolling the head of the large pin round the upper edge, the wire should be laid along the centre of the leaf, and the upper edge allowed to turn over, so as to present at the back view, a slight mark like a central leaf-vein, and to make the upper edge slightly everted.
The petals are more and more everted as the subsequent rows, including the F series, are attached.
The next step is the making of the calyx. The parts may be made of green wax, or of white wax, with green paint laid on. In addition to the green in the centre of the leaf, the edges must be striped finely with a purple tint, like the edges of a tulip leaf.
The latter colour may be made with carmine and ultramarine, and applied with a common camelhair pencil. As previously indicated, the parts of the calyx are to be applied in two rows of throe each, with the painted side inwards. If the calyx is properly curled, it should appear a little crumpled by the harder pressure of the smaller pin; and the upper edges should be much everted, to show the striping.
The flower head is now complete. The stalk is made by covering the wire with green wax cut in narrow strips, and pressed on lengthwise This stalk wax should be made to cover the lower part of the calyx, to steady and strengthen the petals, etc.
To make the leaf, the usual and most simple proceeding is as follows: - Having selected a camellia leaf of embossed calico, a thin wire of about eight inches in length should he laid along its upper side, in the hollow of the central vein, leaving the stalk free; a sheet of dark green wax, with the glossy side outwards, should then be so pressed with the thumb and finger to the calico, that it completely adheres, and holds the wire in its place, between the wax and calico. If this is properly done, the impression of the calico should be indistinctly impressed through upon the layer of wax. The under side of the leaf of the camellia, like that of most evergreen leaves, is of a very light colour, and therefore a light green shade of wax is chosen to cover the calico on the under side, in the same manner as on the upper. When thoroughly adherent, the superfluous wax must be cut away, leaving the edge serrated, or cut like a saw ; the superfluous wire should then be twisted spirally round the principal stem, so that the base of the leaf is close to it, the leaves of the camellia being nearly stalkless or sessile, like those of its near relation, the orange tree There should be two leaves - one close to the flower, the other lower on the stalk: when these are attached, the stalk covered, and the leaves arranged tastefully, the flower is complete.