How to Apply Gilders Paste Using a Paint Brush

How to Apply Gilders Paste Using a Paint Brush

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In this video I’m going to show you how to use the Gilder’s Paste as a paint by thinning it out with turpennoid. Now you can use turpentine or mineral spirits. I like turpennoid because it’s odorless
but a little note here you’re not supposed to use the turpennoid
natural. So I just got a little bottle of the
plain odorless turpennoid. I’ve got a little porcelain dish here to use as a
pallete. I have my Gilder’s Paste. I have it in
all different colors. I have some very cheap paintbrushes. You
can buy tons of these and just throw them
away when you’re done as opposed to going through the arduous process of cleaning out brushes and risk ruining some nicer brushes. So I just have a bunch of these on hand. I have a protective surface that I’m
working on because I don’t want to damage my tabletop and I have some paper towel. Finally I have some filigree and some other stamping that I’m
going to be painting on. Here’s some examples of the painting method of using Gilder’s Paste. What I really love this for is for
the amount of pigment you can get onto a
surface and it’s a really good for filigree because if you apply it with your finger
it’s obviously a thicker form and it’s hard to get it out of all of those
little nooks and crannies. It’s a kind of cakes up. So with the brush you can kind of just paint it on and it won’t get honked up. Also what I love painting using the
painting method for is mixing colors. For instance on this piece I’ve mixed
probably three colors and I will explore that. It gives this beautiful
kind of what looks like the sea to me. It’s a really nice patina. Okay let’s get started. I’m gonna start with this vintage brass piece and it’s very similar to this one as you
can see although this one started out as arte metal which is black not this nice brown tone. All I
used for this was the silver color. I painted it on and then I rubbed it off. So for this brass piece, let’s see, I’m going to try this violet. So I’m going to open my Gilder’s Paste. I’m going to scoop it out just a little bit and put it right in one of these little compartments. Close it up so it doesn’t dry out. Wipe off the end of my brush here. I’m going to pour out a little bit of the turpennoid in center dish. A little goes a long way. I’m going to take my paintbrush and I’m going to dip it in the turpennoid. I’m going to start thinning out my Gilder’s Paste. You can get it as thick or thin as you
like. I’m going to use it almost like a watercolor.
I’m going to get really nice and thin. I’m just going to begin painting on my color. As you can see this isn’t a very
dramatic affect. So if I am so inclined to do I can go back and get a little bit thicker. You’re using this just as you would a paint. I’m going to go on a little thicker here because I like this. The great thing about this is that you
can painted on and leave it a thick nice coating or you can paint it on and then buff off just the top layer so your higher points will show through and the color will be stuck in all of the recesses. Go ahead coat this whole thing. Now you take a piece of paper towel. I’m just going to start swiping at it. You kind of play with and see how much you want
removed. You might want to remove a whole lot of it or just a
little bit. As you can see this already
looks really interesting. You can remove some with your fingers if you
want. I’m always inclined to use my fingers for things. So that’s that. You don’t have the just use one color
like I said with this I used I think three colors. So I’m gonna go ahead and show you how I
did that. I have a african bronze which is a gorgeous green metallic color. I’m going to switch brushes here. I’m going to put a little bit of
that in a separate shallow here and then the patina color, I love this beautiful turquoise color I’m going to scoop some of that as well. I’m going to put in the same dish. Put maybe a little more of the patina. I’m going to go back into my turpenoid and it’s
if I get a little bit of a purple in there. I don’t care. I’m experimenting right
now. I’m going to try to mix these two
together. I’m already really loving this color. Don’t forget to replace your caps so your paints don’t dry out. So I got a really great color going and I’m going
to go ahead and start painting it on my antique brass here. There you go and I think for this color I’m going to let it dry little bit and then
dab at it. Try to take off some of the surface
color right now but I don’t want to go too far because I really like this color. So for that to get the same effect as
this I think I went a little bit heavier with the petina color and then at the very end I let it dry and
then I took a antique gold color and then I went ahead and did the dry just dipping my finger in it and I just
touched lightly on the higher points to give it a really pretty metallic sheen. Once your piece is dry just like rubbing it on with your fingers
you want to go ahead and give it a coat of a clear acrylic sealer and in a couple days your piece will be ready to
wear. Have fun with this. Go to for all of your beading supplies needs!


  • Saskia's Treasures says:

    Is Gilders wax the same as Gilders Paste?

  • Beadaholique says:

    @Jennifer8Music Gilders paste is a waxed based medium, so it could be that someone is referring to Gilders Paste when they say Gilders Wax. I think it depends upon the context. I do not actually know of a brand-named product called "gilders wax", although there could be one out there. There is a product called Renaissance wax which is a totally different product but used by the same industries.

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