When I am totally satisfied that it's integrated into the wood, I apply an aging compound, some wax, more sanding, some stain, and more burning over an open flame.
(I forgot to mention its size which is
ca. 6 1/2 inches x 6 3/4 inches x 3/4" thick.)
I like to take my time so it's usually about two weeks before I feel confident enough to put the final touches of wax on it or depending on what I used as a picture, a flat matte finish.
Needless to say I love working with wood but looking at the photo it still does not
look like the real thing. Now I wonder if i should post any of it at all. Lol. It looks so much better when I hold it in my hand, it looks like a light color surrounding the madonna and the sides look awful but it must be a reflection - or the photo is lousy.