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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Wax lyrical...

...is an idiom that means "to begin speaking or writing in a poetic or musical style". (one meaning of "wax" is "to pass from one state to another") Bluelion 17:36 Jun 14, 2003 (UTC)
Well, it meant that orignally; now it just means someone who is (very) enthusiastic about something and talks about it as such. Further, I think that 'wax' is being used here as an antonym to wane - that is, to increase (in stature, by context).
-- James F. 23:07 Jun 21, 2003 (UTC)
I assume this "wax" is the same as some germanic languages have for "grow" - German has wachs I think? Swedish has växa (Norwegian, Danish have similar). I offer no proof, but I'd be very surprised if this wasn't the origin of the word. OlofE 11:14, 7 Nov 2003 (UTC)
Yes, "to grow", and hence, "to become". The main current use of the verb in the sense of "to grow" is of the moon. -- Paul G 12:29, 19 Feb 2004 (UTC)
"Waxing lyrical" in modern usage as rightly suggested above (someone who is (very) enthusiastic about something and talks...) can also be an offshoot or an alternative term for "Waxing Eloquent" Noopur 16:37 April 12, 2008 (UTC)
Well, I'm waxing lyrical about the class I attended at Pinnacle Crafts today. It was a fabulous class where we got to play with embossing WAX - amongst other things.

How many folk would stop and think that they could make something like this...
 ...out of some CS and some greyboard.
I just love this box. It has a polished leather look to it and ...
...it has an aged look to it...
...but it was all made from scratch today.
Each face of the box is made up of a layer of embossed CS (we used one of the Spellbinder 3D embossing folders)...
 ...and the CS is backed with greyboard.
Each of the panels was waxed using a variety of embossing waxes...
...and as the CS was a light brown, I went with Creative Expression - Deep red, Glem - Spice, Creative Expressions - Golden light and Creative Expressions - Midnight. The colours were applied in the order they have been listed and then buffed to a sheen.
So that the box would be lined, the panels were covered on the reverse using a tartan PP...
...which was distressed around the edges with Distress ink in Vintage photo.
To add a bit of strength to the box...
 ...strips of PP were cut and stuck down the inside corners.
The back was then stuck in place...
 ...and the bare greyboard edges...
...were inked and then buffed to blend.
However, the box wasn't the complete project...
...with some black CS embossed with the same folder...
 ...and then waxed with Glem - Fern, Glem - Peacock and Creative Expressions - Pearl moon.
Once waxed and buffed...
 ...the three panels were joined together.
Using more greyboard...
 ...a tray-shape was constructed and a further embossed panel was waxed...
 ...ready to cover one of the edges before being wrapped in the piece made from three panels...
 ...to create a book that fits beautifully within the box.
Some more black CS...
...embossed and this time joined together before waxing...
 ...using Glem - Cardinal, Creative Expression - Copper and Creative Expression - Golden light...
 ...which was buffed like the other pieces to bring out the sheen.
To create the look of pages...
...a striped PP was used and then distressed with Distressed ink - Black soot.
So there you have it, a box containing two faux books - or do you...
...the books actually open to reveal a box where you can hide all sorts of things. I just put some sweeties in this one for the photos.
I love the way this has turned out...
...from one side it looks like a lovely aged box but turn it around and you have what looks like two old decorative novels - each containing their own secrets.

Although both books were created from black CS, by using different combinations of coloured waxes I have 'fire' and 'ice'.

What a fabulous 'play-day' and an amazing project to bring home...I love, love, love it!!!

Thank you so much Andy for a fantastic class - it has been a perfect day............................................

12 comments:

MiniOwner said...

Oh wow! That is just stunning! Well done and thansk for sharing.
Sue x

Jane said...

That is absolutely stunning, I love it!

Claireliz said...

That is amazing, love it!!!
C xx

Karen leonard said...

Wow , fantastic project. Great photos too showing the process. Fabulous xx

Nicecrane Designs said...

OMG, this is a true play of art,,,,,,woww,wow,woww so stunning one,,,

sue jones said...

Wow these are truly stunning !

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Jaw dropping fab!

Weasel said...

Ho-Lee-Cow.... gawjuss! I wanna see it for real!

Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous Toni, I will be back later when i HAVE A BIT MORE TIME, REALLY WANT TO TRY THIS OUT.
hUGS lYNN

voodoo vixen said...

Oh yes, I would have loved that class, your box is fabulous Toni!!

Virginia said...

Oh my that is utterly gorgeous!

Virginia said...

Oh my that is utterly gorgeous!