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Friends & Flowers Cat Stake
From the Garden Thyme Collection
Country Corner Crafts 2000

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  1. Trace patterns onto wood,cut out, and sand well.
    Line up sign board pieces to trace before cutting.
  2. Paint all pieces as shown, or in your choice of colors.
  3. Allow pieces to dry thoroughly.
  4. Sand along all edges very well, and also lightly along all other surfaces to achieve an aged appearance.
  5. Add cat markings and lettering using the fine black paint pen.
    Make sure the pen you are using is waterproof and will not smudge!
  6. Glue all pieces together as shown.
    *Glue on wire whiskers before attaching nose piece.
    *Flower stems attach behind both flower pot and flower for stability and strength.
  7. Varnish entire project and allow sufficient drying time.
  8. Use the antiquing medium to enhance the rustic look, and add another coat of varnish to seal.

    This stake would make a lovely addition to your country garden - Amongst your flowers or along a walkway! Sure to bring warm smiles to both you and your friends!

    Helpful Tips and Suggestions:

    Wood Preparation: Choose a quality piece of wood. Sand all pieces completely to ensure there are no burs or rough edges.After painting, lightly sand all surfaces with a brown lunch bag or very fine grit sandpaper to remove the fuzz raised by acrylic paints.

    Transferring Patterns: Place carbon or graphite paper on bare prepared wood beneath pattern and trace carefully. Allow room between pieces for easier cutting. Don't rub the wood too much or it'll smudge!

    Antiquing: There are several antiquing mediums available - look for a waterbased formula in the color tones you like and follow the instructions carefully. Leave a little more medium in cracks and along edges for a more authentic look. Apply sparingly or generously, depending on the look you wish to achieve.

    Finishing: A waterbased clear varnish is recommended, in either a matte or semi-gloss finish. Follow the instructions carefully, apply it uniformly, and allow sufficient drying time between coats. For exterior projects we highly recommend keeping the finished item in a sheltered area away from winds, extreme temperatures and rain. Apply multiple coats of varnish or use a a sealant specifically designed for outdoor use to prolong the life of the product.

    Country Corner Crafts 2000

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