material to repair wooden embellishment on chairs
I made a stupid Craigslist error, purchasing a pair of chairs without asking for detailed information about damage. Turns out these lovely old walnut (?) chairs have damage to the carved embellished detailing. I will need to recreate portions of two of them: floral/leaf designs, about 1 x 2 inches in size and projecting perhaps 1/4 inch. I'll be making the floral part only, not an entire rectangle. My plan is to use paint and/or stains to make the piece match the existing wood and glue it on. I certainly can't carve it out of wood. I'm assuming some sort of moldable, hard-drying clay-like material would be best. Any suggestions regarding which material would be best for this purpose? The color doesn't matter. Thank you for any suggestions you may have.