How to Apply Gilders Paste without a Paint Brush

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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. Go to for all of your beading supplies needs!

12 thoughts on “How to Apply Gilders Paste without a Paint Brush

  • I would suggest only using this on the outside of ring bands and try sealing it with a matte acrylic spray sealant, several coats.

  • Nice video simply explained. If I hadn't already been using waxes for a while now I'd have liked a tutorial like this. I look forward to the 'painting' method – which I haven't tried before.
    To loosen up the wax you say use Turpenoid – does it have to be that, or can I use Turpentine?
    (I don't have Turpenoid, but do have Turpentine)
    Also does this apply to Creative Expressions wax, Treasure Gold, and Gleams wax too?

  • Hi! The manufacturer recommends Turpenoid, so that is what I used. I am not sure about Turpentine, maybe if you have a bit of wax that you don't mind wasting, you could do a little test on a small amount to see if it works. Unfortunately I have not worked with the other waxes that you mentioned, so I really can't weight in if this same technique applies.

  • Yes I see. I think I'll try it on a tiny bit of the Amethyst – which is the one that's so stiff. It's a 'Creative Expressions' one, and I haven't had it long.
    I'll use the mix to try your lovely painting method – I'll let you know what happens.
    I wondered about storing the tubs in ziplock bags to stop them from drying so fast… do you think that would help?

  • I think storing them in ziplocks is a good idea. The gilders paste containers that I have feature containers that are really secure, but taking extra measures is always a good idea.

  • Great simply explained video. The best I've viewed on how to use this technique. Can't wait to get started. Thank you.

  • I haven't tried gilder paste yet but I have some coming. This is the way I would use it to blend colors. This is the first video I've seen that explain this method. I thank you very much. I give you a thumbs up.

  • Great video! I just got my Guilders Paste via FedEx today! 8 colors to start out. I'm very excited to delve into the MANY uses! I do custom Woodturnings on the Lathe & this has endless possibilities. Thanks for this easy to understand tutorial! Have A Super Blessed Week!….. Gus

  • Very pretty. I like how you blended the colors. Wondering where to find turpenoid. Or what else might you use to thin the paste?

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