There is another way to apply Gilders Paste that will make working with tiny beads really simple.
I have a few samples to demonstrate with. The first was an old chain that I had in my junk drawer. The second sample is a strand of tiny wooden beads. The third sample is also a strand of wooden beads.
For the painting technique you need a little paint thinner and a small mixing cup.
I am using German Silver Gilders Paste for these samples.
I used a small wooden stick to shave some Gilder Paste out of the tin and into my plastic cup. Then I added a tiny capful of paint thinner. I mixed until I had this beautiful metallic “paint.”
I brushed the Gilders Paste on to the strands with my paint brush until everything had been covered. Working on an old t-shirt was really helpful. My samples are completely revitalized.
I think you can imagine my excitement. Turning inexpensive wooden beads into metallic ones is a great technique. Plus, I am thinking of other surfaces I could work on with my paint brush for mixed media projects.
Even my old chain looks new. The left is the new fresh colour. It covered the discolored and aged areas beautifully. All I have to do now is protect the coating with an application of a sealer (clear lacquer or varnish).
If you have been convinced to get one tin of Gilders Paste yet, let me tell you that I don’t think anyone should live without Inca Gold.
I wanted to try it on some square wood beads and an old Asian wooden bead I found in a grab bag. The dark brown bead had some white spots that I didn’t like. It looked like paint splatter.
So I applied two layers of Inca Gold.
And everything just popped and came to life!
I needed to add just a little colour to create an interesting strand. I tried different blue beads and that’s when I thought to add some Gilders Paste Patina to the big Asian bead.
My final strand is new, fresh and exotic!
Here are some new beads in a shade of silver I think is gorgeous.
It is hard to believe that they started out as this small grouping. The woven wood beads are very light and the metal filigree beads are extremely bright gold.
The wood and the filigree both received two applications of Gilders Paste. I used the German silver.
These are beads I can wear without adding any additional colours or embellishment. It is really remarkable what a little Gilders Paste can do to odd coloured components.
I wonder if you can tell which of these beads are inexpensive resin and which are wood?
I have really enjoyed working my way through this assorted bag of resin beads. I keep finding little gems to alter.
I applied several different Gilders Paste colours to these beads; Patina, Pinotage, African Gold and Violet.
I covered the beads with several layers of Inca Gold. I really liked them but felt I needed few more to create an interesting necklace.
I used the same colour palette on these wood beads. They turned out just as well as the resin beads did!
My work bench looked great.
This means that whether I choose to work with inexpensive wood or resin beads I can still create a whole new set!
The days when I can make something from odds and ends on my table are really happy ones.
I have been going through my different grab bags of irregular resin beads. The shapes are odd and it is a real challenge to see what I can do with them.
I found five of these brown beads in the one bag and used African Bronze Gilder’s Paste to make them look more exotic.
Now for the odds and ends. I made these flowers with Apoxie Sculpt at different times over the last few weeks. Whenever I had left over clay from a project I pushed it into a mold, hence these many different colours.
I covered the flowers with German Silver Gilders Paste! Now they were all the same! All I had to do was attach my clay flowers to my plastic resin beads. To do this I tried a new product called Apoxie Paste!
Apoxie Paste is from the same company that makes Apoxie Sculpt. It is a two part adhesive. The working time is so long though! Almost three hours. So you can make up a batch and use as needed. And, you can also colour it! I added some African Gold Gilders Paste to it so that my glue would not be visible once I attached the flowers.
The glue worked beautifully. It was designed to help you attach Apoxie Sculpt finished pieces to other surfaces.
A few jump rings and some finishing components helped me to complete this new bracelet!
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.