Gilding Wax – my new addiction
Towards the back end of last year gilding wax was being mentioned on Craft blogs and a certain TV channel and the the brand being named was “Creative Expressions”.
Obviously I, like many crafters wanted to see for themselves what it was all about and purchased one or two to try. I must admit though that I was not impressed and wondered what the fuss was about. It was quite a hard consistency and I did not find it al that easy to use. Into the drawer it went and that was that……… until a couple of other brands started to be mentioned and after watching a few demonstrations with these I decided to give it another go and bought a jar of Pebeo silver and Paperartsy’s Treasure gold in classic gold to try and wow, what a difference.
Below is a picture showing the different Brands. Pebeo are the 2 jars on the left, Treasure Gold, the 4 on the right (yes it seems my collection is growing) and the Creative Expressions (dug out of the drawer) are the 3 at the front
Here I have smeared some of each onto black card just so you can see the basic effect
Now please note, I am not an expert, am not affiliated to any particular brand or Company and the following is based purely my own preferences.
Lets start with the Pebeo gilding wax
I purchased mine from Crafters Companion, and they have a range of 3 colours – Classic gold (as per picture) Renaissance gold(sorry no pic but it is more a bronzy gold) and silver.
The Pebeo range are a professional range for use on furniture and home decor. It has a very creamy consistency and a little goes a long way. It can be applied with the finger, but take care and dab your finger on your craft or glass mat before putting on your project.(practice on some scrap card first). Once applied it dries within half an hour and can be gently buffed to a shine. It does not need “fixing” or protecting. Verdict – Brilliant as can use on pretty much anything, but colour range limited.
Treasure Gold (by PaperArtsy)
can be purchased from The Craft Barn, and Country View Crafts. There is an amazing range of colours. I have just treated myself to the Rose Quartz and Sapphire (so lush) and can’t wait to try out.This has a more mousse like consistency and again very easy to apply. This will need a coat of sealer if used on home decor projects but for cardmaking etc its fine.
I am sorry but having dug these out of my drawer to show you, they are now going back as they are now even harder than they were and not easy to get any coverage as the colour swatch above shows. Say no more.
How can you use them? Let me show you a few samples I have been playing with
The background on this was stamped with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder to act as a resist. inked with distress inks and then gilded with Pebeo classic gold. see how it has only caught on the embossed areas. Loved this effect.
Sheena’s faux leather technique made into a passport cover with a bit of Pebeo classic gold to accent the embossed areas
Used on black and craft card after running through an embossing folder. Can just rub over lightly to catch the raised areas or can be more liberal and cover the card (remember if matting and layering you only need to cover the areas that will show – no need to gild the middle) Try laying a base layer of gold then adding silver in areas over the top. I really like the two tone effect, you can get it looking just like aged metal.
Again black and craft card, this time to make die cut embellishments.
This butterfly was cut from a dark pink cardstock and rubbed over with the wax so can still just see the colour of the card in places.
These are just a few ideas to start you off, there are so many applications that I haven’t even begun to think of yet ………
But a little tip I have found useful – when finished using if there is still some gilding wax left on craft/glass mat, take a piece of scrap card and rub it onto that. I keep it handy until covered then use it to cut out embellishments (waste not want not)
To finish I would just like to show you my latest play with gilding wax. It will be my parents 55th wedding anniversary shortly and I just wanted to do something a little extra special, well 55 years together is quite an achievement don’t you think?
Now to play with those new colours, but I think I may need a green one too, but which green? too much choice
These are of course purely my own views and ideas and I thoroughly recommend that you get a pot of your own and just have a play, I am sure you will love it too
Thank you for reading and I hope you have found it of some interest.