Isn’t he handsome! The camel got a good cleaning, a coat of primer, and a few thin coats of spray paint in Rust-Oleum’s Lagoon. Then I used a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen to highlight some details. This camel deserved some 18 Kt. Gold toenails! While the paint dried, I opened up the green leather saddle with a seam ripper, and traced the old pieces onto some black and white gingham fabric. I like the mixture of the traditional and sedate fabric with the contemporary teal color of the camel’s body. I also added some gold trim to the cushion…the first time I’ve ever attempted trim, but only the best for my camel.
After all of this work, the camel deserved a great name, and Uncle Richard was the natural choice. His home is in the office, but we brought him into the living room to enjoy Christmas festivities…he looked great holding a stack of gifts on his back. He usually has a stack of books or a cat on his back, but currently he is carrying the child-size accordion we also inherited from Uncle Richard. They are a match made in heaven.
Here are a few simple instructions and a bunch of pictures of Uncle Richard, notice that I preserved the inscription. Enjoy!
This is what Uncle Richard looks like when he is in my loft office.
And one more look at Uncle Richard before and after.