Last time I posted I was using silver Sculpt Nouveau and not particularly liking the results. I had another go with the stuff, and this time I'm a lot happier with it. I've photographed it without a flash, because I think the surface details show up better that way, and with a flash, because that shows the dull, pewter-type luster that it has.
This is the effect I was aiming for in the first place. I've achieved it by applying a thick coating of silver Sculpt Nouveau, then rubbing black wax into the surface. Metal waxes protect the metal surface, and different coloured ones can do a great job of enhancing surface details. There are specially formulated waxes designed for sculptural work, but that's not what I used in this case. Because you know what else is black and waxy? Shoe polish, that's what.