Using Gilders Paste To Make Matching Beads

This new chunky necklace is so inexpensive to make!  The beads look much more expensive then they really are.

The chunky resin beads are at John Bead in mixed grab bags.  There are several colours to choose from and for this project I took beads from the brown and natural packages.

These beads look like balls of yarn and I decided I would try working with only two colours:  German Silver and Iris Blue Gilders Paste.

I am so surprised at how easy it is to apply colour to a plastic bead.  These beads are rough, so the Gilders Paste has a lot to grab on to.  If the bead was really smooth I would just take a little sandpaper to it.  The natural coloured beads turned out great.

The brown ones did too…and they are now a great matching spacer bead for this project.  You would think these beads were already on one strand.  I no longer need to look for matching or complimentary beads for my projects…I’ll just colour them myself!

My chunky blue and silver necklace.  I strung the beads with some hemp thread.  This will look great with denim!

Gilders Paste and Plastic Resin Beads

Heart and beads in a colour palette I love.

I would have snapped up this grouping of beads at a gem show.

It might be hard for you to believe that the necklace you see above started out as these irregular chunky resin beads.  I probably would have avoided this grab bag because colouring plastic beads is not easy.

That was before I had Gilders Paste to work with.  This paste will work on plastic, metal, gourds, paper, leather and the list of what it will colour goes on and on.

Using a stencil brush (you can use a tooth brush, cloth, your fingers) I applied the Patina colour to the beads I wanted to re colour.

The coverage was amazing.  The colour is rich and I was amazed to get this much colour with just one application.  I worked with three colours to start:  Patina, Inca Gold and Pinotage (red.)

My beads were looking pretty fantastic.  I knew I would need to let them dry for 12 hours.  I felt I needed to just add one more colour so I applied a little Violet Gilders Paste.

I set my beads up to see how they would look strung.  Then I realized I might need some spacer beads.  This gave me a chance to test Gilders Paste on wood!  I gathered six natural wood coloured cube beads.  Like the resin beads, I applied the paste and let these dry 12 hours too.

My last task was to apply a protective coat of acrylic spray.   What can I say?  The opportunities to make something your own are endless!

Gilders Paste – Fabulous New Medium to Work With!

There are twelve beautiful tins of colour to look for at John Bead right now!  I saw the shiny tins on the “What’s New” table as soon as I entered the building and immediately wanted to know what Gilders Paste was.  It is magic!  Over the next few weeks I’ll show you why Gilders Paste will become a staple in your studio, art space, store or  tool box.  It already occupies the best space on my work bench!  Just look at a few of my favorite colours.  Each prettier than the rest, I am having difficulty deciding which sample to show you first!  See you tomorrow with my first demonstration:  Gilders Paste on plastic/resin beads.

A Few Tips for Using Gilders Paste

  • Substrate surface should be dry and clean, free of dirt, oil, grease and scale.
  • Baroque Art Gilders Paste can be directly applied with your finger, sponge, paint – tooth – stencil brushes, cloth, rubber stamps etc.
  • All colors can be thinned out to further extend, wash, stain or paint your project.
  • Blending Baroque Art Gilders Paste is as easy as mixing two or more colors to match and touch up existing color schemes or to create a custom color.
  • Drying time varies depending on materials, thickness of application and substrate, approximately 30 – 60 minutes to the touch on dry, low porosity, debris free surfaces.
  • Lightly buffing metallic colors, after 12 hours of drying, will produce a gilded finish.
  • Will accept an over coat, such as, clear lacquer, varnish, urethane, powder coating to achieve that uniform appearance where the Gilders Paste was not used or to provide further durability to areas where repeated handling is required, such as a door knob.
  • For very smooth surfaces, such as, gloss paint, plastic, ceramics and furniture, it is recommended to lightly abrade the surface with 0000 grade steel wool or fine sand paper or apply a recommended primer.


Canada Day Ring Idea

Instead of wearing a pin on your collar, you could wear it as a ring!  I made up a small ball of red Apoxie Sculpt and pressed it into a ring blank. Then I added the flag pin (which was old and found in a grab bag) and a few crystals that were sitting out on my work table from all my other projects!    Ta Da!  Happy Canada Day Weekend!

   CANADA DAY LONG WEEKEND CONTEST !!

In honor of Canada day we are having a contest using Apoxie Sculpt! If you have designs made using Apoxie Sculpt send in an image to lilla@johnbead.com, or create a design this long weekend ! Please submit all images by Tuesday July 5th, 2011.

Winning design will be announced wednesday July 6th, 2011.

The WINNING DESIGNER will receive a free sample of Black Apoxie Sculpt, Apoxie Safety Solvent for Fixing Mistakes and an Apoxie Paste !

Good luck everyone !!

A Pendant for Lilla at John Bead

This is a fun demo that could lead you down many different paths with Apoxie Sculpt.  Yesterday I was at John Bead meeting with Lilla and she mentioned something she had seen.  She was wondering about wrapping the top of a big crystal in resin clay.  Before she was even done telling me I had a little vision.

I told her I had some inexpensive chandelier drops at home.  I thought I would do an experiment before trying my idea out on a really great pendant.

This is why I love Apoxie Sculpt!  You can go from an idea to a finished sample in minutes!  I rolled out a few of my favorite colours for the wrap idea I had.

I decided to wrap the top of the glass in green and then continued to add some leaf shapes and flowers.  I have never done anything like this.  This is a first for me!

Since I still had so much time I opted to add in a few Preciosa Chrystals (29639-1434).  I let this cure overnight.

Ta Da!  It becomes a wearable item in 24 hours!  (That is the recommended cure time for Apoxie Sculpt.)  I want to try wrapping some glass with just black and white Apoxie Sculpt next.  I think it would look amazing!

Now that I have worked on something inexpensive I can confidently try working on a SWAROVSKI PENDANT next!

A Pendant for Lilla at John Bead

This is a fun demo that could lead you down many different paths with Apoxie Sculpt.  Yesterday I was at John Bead meeting with Lilla and she mentioned something she had seen.  She was wondering about wrapping the top of a big crystal in resin clay.  Before she was even done telling me I had a little vision.

I told her I had some inexpensive chandelier drops at home.  I thought I would do an experiment before trying my idea out on a really great pendant.

This is why I love Apoxie Sculpt!  You can go from an idea to a finished sample in minutes!  I rolled out a few of my favorite colours for the wrap idea I had.

I decided to wrap the top of the glass in green and then continued to add some leaf shapes and flowers.  I have never done anything like this.  This is a first for me!

Since I still had so much time I opted to add in a few Preciosa Chrystals (29639-1434).  I let this cure overnight.

Ta Da!  It becomes a wearable item in 24 hours!  (That is the recommended cure time for Apoxie Sculpt.)  I want to try wrapping some glass with just black and white Apoxie Sculpt next.  I think it would look amazing!

Now that I have worked on something inexpensive I can confidently try working on a SWAROVSKI PENDANT next!

Painting Apoxie Sculpt


This new pendant features flowers that I painted myself.

Whenever I work with Apoxie Sculpt there are leftovers.  I usually put them into a mold which is why I had a few blue flowers on my studio table.  With acrylic paint I can make these flowers any colour I like.

I brushed silver paint onto the flower surface.  This changed them to a softer pastel palette that I preferred.

I added some extra gold paint and some pink to make two of the flowers purple.  My next step was to decide where to use the flowers.  I really like the Round Silver Plated Interchangeable bezels.  You can use them as a bracelet or as a pendant.  I also made up a fresh ball of pink Apoxie Sculpt to fill the bezel so these flowers could be added.

The top four flowers cured in the resin base and then I added one flower as a dangle.  Isn’t that a great use of left over supplies?

Transfer Technique With Apoxie Sculpt Bracelet

It is hard to believe that this bezel featuring a bird, flowers and crystals can be created with Apoxie Sculpt and some photocopies.

For the project I made myself a cup of coffee (optional) and a small ball of White Apoxie Sculpt clay.  I also selected some toner photocopy (not ink jet) images to work with.

I filled my Metal Complex silver plated bracelet link bezel with white Apoxie Sculpt.  Then I cut the image I wanted to the approximate size of the bezel surface.

I burnished this in place for about five minutes using my fingers.  You need to make sure you have a good adhesion between the paper and the Apoxie Sculpt surface.

Then I wet the paper.  I do this so I can see the images.  I removed the paper from the edges too so I could add some crystals to the Apoxie Sculpt before it cured.

Here is what my piece looked like at this point.  I let everything cure for 24 hours.  That is hard to do! You don’t know if the transfer worked and you can’t peak.

After the clay was cured I dropped this bezel into warm water and careful removed all the paper from the surface.  You just carefully rub all the paper pulp away.  You may need to do this a few times.  On the picture above I still had paper clinging to the surface.  What you are leaving is the toner from the copy which is now transferred onto the clay.

A final coat of spray sealer or varnish helps to make the image pop again.  I added my Metal Complex interchangeable bracelet and it is ready to wear!