How to Apply Gilders Paste without a Paint Brush

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Designer: Julie Bean
Learn how to quickly and easily transform a piece of metal filigree using Gilders Paste, a wax based medium used to highlight objects. This video shows how to open the paste, apply it, blend, and seal. No tools needed, just your hands and paper towels. Dramatic results with very little effort! Great on metal, wood, polymer clay, ceramics and more.
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Hi. This is Julie with I'm very excited to share you a wonderful new product called Gilders Paste. Gilders Paste is a wax base medium which highlights wood, metal ceramics, even gourds and candles. Here are a few components which have been already had Gilders Paste apply to them in several different colors. This here started out as an antique silver plated filigree piece two-step plain silver color and that had the petunia colored Gilders Paste on top of it. Here I use an african bronze. It actually has a very green tone to make the leaves and an antique gold. Here's more petina and here's actually a butterfly which I used three different colors. I blended them together. That's one of really great things about Gilders Paste you can blend the colors together when they're still damp and get wonderful shades and variations of colors. You can even do the clasp as well. So today I'm going to show you how to use Gilders Paste and to show you have really easy it is. I wanna go ahead and make up this butterfly similar to the one here in the necklace. So to do that what you're going to need to do is lay down some scrap paper. I just use some printer paper here and then you're gonna need Gilder Paste. And then when your done you're also going to need a clear acrylic sealer. I like to use a matte finish to keep the antique look of the filigree I'm going to be doing and I just use Mod Podge. You can find this at most art stores. You can use any type of clear acrylic that you like. Then if you want to get more of a looser Gilders Paste if you do you want to have a little bit of a runnier appearance and to able to paint it on you're going to want to get some turpenoid as well. Then finally for this technique which is going to go on which we just to use our fingers to apply it. We're going to also need some paper towels and in the a later video we'er going to show you how to do it with a paintbrush but in this one I want to show you the really easy way of just applying it with paper towels. So to begin what you're going to need to do is open your Gilders Paste. All of the little cartridges say press here to open at one spot. Just take your fingers pop it open. Much like a can of shoe polish and it does have quite an odor so you want to be able to do this in a well ventilated area or even outside. This here is a silver color. That's blue. African bronze. You can see there's quite an array of colors and they're really amazing. This is petina which is a very popular one. And even a purple. One thing to note about Gilders Paste is each tin that we found has a little bit of a different consistency. The purple is super loose. You can see I can go like that with it. And then the blue here is a little bit dryer. So if you do have a little bit more dryer one and you want to get to a looser consistency that's when you're going to add some turpenoid to it. Both works perfectly fine. Let me put away a couple of these colors because for my butterfly I'm going to want petina iris blue and african bronze which are going to be these three colors right here. Reseal your Guilder Paste after you use it. You don't wanna let the air get into it for too long of a period. I'm take the butterfly and apply a base color. I'm going to the base color in the deep iris blue. Just put my finger right into the Gilders Paste and then rub it onto my filigree. I wanna rub kinda hard cause I want to get into the crevices and the recessed areas. You can already see the difference between a original and the new one but I want to be able to get all these color variations. So what I going to do now is take another finger and I'm going to dip it into the african bronze. I'm going to highlight part of it. Just the edges. I'm doing this while it's still wet so that the colors blend together. It does take about sixty minutes for Gilders Paste to dry to the touch. Now it will become somewhat dry after just even a few minutes. So if you are gonna wanna blend colors together do it right away. Don't wait. Now I've got it on my fingers. I'm just going to wipe on paper towel to get a little bit off. I'm going to go back with my petina color. It's a really nice vibrant color. I'm just touching it lightly at this point. Now say that I want to take some of that off. I feel like I got a little too much on the wings. I'm just going to take a paper towel and rub it. You can see that's pulling back the vintage brass color. Don't worry your hands are going to get messy. Just wipe them off with standard soap and water. I've even find once I've applied a few layers and I want them to blend together a little bit better I do like rubbing with a paper towel. I'm going to go back and apply a little bit more even. Touching it gently. And I'm happy with how that looks. That took all about two minutes. You can see the difference between the original and the new one. I'm going to wait about twelve hours and then I'm going to seal it with the clear acrylic sealer. I find that three light coats works really well. You don't want to do too heavy of a coat. If you do too few coats than I find that the Gilders Paste will rub off. Say you go and get wet or something happens where your touching the clasp say you know repeatedly. You are going to want to seal it. You're going to want to seal it good and I recommend three light coats. So I recommend that you don't go swimming in this and don't take a shower in it. It is durable. It's gonna stand up but you don't necessarily want to be exposing it to a lot of soap and water repeatedly. So have fun with Gilders Paste. It's very addictive. Watch for our next video where we're going to show you how to apply Gilder Paste with a paintbrush. 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