Well the topper is now complete on the carving end so in the next day or two I will begin to paint both bottle toppers. I finished the detailing today on the topper and then hollowed out the base so it could rest on a wine bottle. I have some mesh sand paper and may go over it one time before I do the painting. I read where one person recommended wetting the carving down then doing a sanding once it has dried then doing the painting so might try this to see if there is a noticeable difference in the final version. But for now another stage is done.