Milk Paint and Tapered Leg Stands
June 1, 2021 14:32
I ordered small milk paint samples from The Real Milk Paint Co. to produce the color sample blocks photographed here. Milk paint comes in the form of a powder. You mix it with water. The Real Milk Paint Co. people say that their "mission is to find, manufacture, and provide nontoxic, natural, and environmentally friendly finishing products."
"Real Milk Paint is a non-toxic, organic, eco-friendly, water-based paint. It has been used for centuries to bring color to the world", they continue.
Milk paint is a historically authentic finish. It is both primitive and beautiful. Used on an organ case, it might get one or two older men sitting in the pew to run out to Home Depot and get a few gallons of the latest latex blend. For me, is there another point to building a period-authentic organ?
I experimented with some milk paint colors to see how they combine with naturally oiled hardwoods by building tapered leg stands with hardwood tops and painted legs and aprons. I then created Autodesk Fusion 360 solids from the painted samples shown here to apply to organ case design work.
The structural organ case architecture I developed for my cabinet organ designs adapts well to a combination of solid hardwood frames accented by those that are milk-painted. Further, this will produce an element of authenticity as I incorporate agrarian-artisan, alpine-cultural concepts in my work.
Posted June 1, 2021 14:32
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