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To my great joy the family crest of Duitgenius was polychromed in full glory, which means painted in multiple colours. Rómulo has had quite a bit of work doing all the, guilding, base coats, silver plating and several coats of colour.
Rómulo has begun polychroming of the coat-of-arms. Polychroming is just a fancy word for painting something in multiple colours. In this case the colours are red, green, gold and silver. In terms of heraldry that would be gule, vert or sinople, or and argent. On a large part of the relief the base coat in white can still be seen, grey and yellow. Actually we shouldn't take a look in the kitchen before the cook serves the food, but I trust the reader to understand that a lot of finishing touches will follow.…Read the whole article… →
Rómulo has started with the gilding. The bars of the helmet, the edge and the string of the helmet and the buttons of the heraldic roses are gilded with 23,75 carat double gold. The helmet itself is painted silver. On the photos most places where gold should come are still yellow; that's the base coat for gilding. …Read the whole article… →
The relief with the family crest of Duitgenius today went on a trip to the painter, Rómulo Döderlein de Win. I know Rómulo since 1983, when we both studied theology in Amsterdam. Incidentally we both later entered the restoration business, he as a painter (and portraitist and heraldry painter) and I as a sculptor. This is the first time we're doing a work together, so that's something that gives me extra joy. …Read the whole article… →
After several days of sanding, filing and rasping the crest stone with the open carved family crest of Duitgenius is finished, as far as this concerns the carving. It is about 80 x 80 cm tall and ten cms thick. The next step is polychromy. More on this later.
Sometime in the month of March the finished coat of arms will be installed.
Now that the whole coat-of-arms is just about in place, I continued with the finishing and detailing of the family coat of arms. On the right it's already nearing the end finish. When this is done I will turn the relief around, to finish and sand all the holes.
After some more carcing the other side is also roughly carved. When the wings on top of the helmet (standing for Swiftness and Protection) are carved as well, I can start with the detailing. Rivets on the helmet, string, precise finishing of all the curves and sanding everything smooth. To be read in a next post!
It was already getting dark when I decided to shoot a picture of the progress made. My lamp sits on the floor behind me, to the right, so the light in this picture seems to come from the bottom right. I have started shaping the mantling on the right-hand side (heraldically left) now. …Read the whole article… →
For an overview of the process I have put all the photos of the project of the van Heeckeren family crest in a row , as a sort of timelapse. Read about the whole process here. …Read the whole article… →