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!
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!
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.