I thought you might like to see some up close and personal shots of some of the pieces I showed/embellished on our Gilder's Paste video at YouTube
I started with raw brass, and painted them. The top one has a luminous, glassy top coat of ICE brand resin. Hard as nails, and gorgeous.
The second is just bare dry paint embellished with Antique Gold Gilder's Paste on a rag. If you look at the video, you'll see me doing it.
The third is dry paint, embellished with the Ant. Gold Gilder's, and a lovely top sealant of DIAMOND GLAZE. This was the easiest way to finish it, it really 'took' well, and dried in a few hours to an excellent finish.
Bottom is same filigree embellished with German Silver Gilder's Paste, and accented with Verdigris Gilder's Paste. This piece is now dry and ready to be buffed out. Gilder's Paste CAN be finished with Renaissance Wax, but you have to go easy and not scrub on it.....that's straight from the manufacturer. I'll go down in the workshop in a bit and try it and report on it in this week's newsletter coming out 9-19-10.
This is an example of how Gilder's Paste can 'change up' plating. YES....you can accent plating, change the quality of plating, change the look of plating with Gilder's. This ooky was a rather flat pewter ox finish. I embellished him with just a touch of German Silver, which brought up the pale, pale golden tones you see here. Then I accented him with just a touch of patina, which is the SAME color as the patina you get when you oven patina brass and then splash vinegar on it as it dries....or the beautiful pale teal-blue-green you see on copper that has patina'd outdoors.
The piece has dried and cured on its own, no need for me to do anything else to it. Good to go. You don't necessarily HAVE to seal it. It's something to play with, experiment, see which you want to seal and which you don't.
Patina (color), the manufacturer tells me, is one of their best-sellers. We do carry it and German Silver (color) on the website along with six other shades and more coming very soon.
I had a really great email conversation with the manufacturer last evening. They'd asked to see our first video, were really happy to see the word getting out about their product and its use in jewelry making. They did want me to tell you, however:
1. While Gilder's has the consistency and even LOOK of shoepolish, no shoepolish in the world will ever do the job it does in this application. Mr. Wareham said Gilder's is shoepolish on steroids!
2. I was under the impression that the can with the tape, which I did mention I dislike that packaging! is the OLD packaging. I had it backwards! They are still shipping product in the old packaging; I will do all possible to get all incoming in the future in the new, shoe-polish-style can, because it is SO simple to store, keep conditioned and to OPEN.
3. If your Gilder's dries out a little (it shouldn't if you keep the top on it and pushed down) use a little Paint Thinner and reconstitute it. You can also use the thinner to make it into paint, or a wash.....so experiment!
There were a few other points that I'll share with you in the next Gilder's Paste video. I'll have to make a series of them.....this product is fabulous. Everyone who likes to experiment with patina and changing up the color of brass stampings will ABSOLUTELY want this product in every color. We're working on that!