Gilder's Paste is one of the hottest new colorization products on the market. We carry it at B'sue Boutiques
I didn't even know what it was til maybe a year or so ago, when a customer mentioned she'd found it and really enjoyed using it, and that we should carry it! (So it pays to suggest....LOL) Now we can't keep it on the shelves.
Gilder's Paste is like shoe polish on steroids, according to the manufacturer. Interestingly, it comes in a can that is much LIKE a shoe polish can and virtually opens the same way:
German Silver is one of my faves and I am never without it. Find it here:
But don't be expecting a true silver color, or even an antique silver. German silver is kind of like the old vintage/antique nickel silver color. It's a mellow mix of darkened silver with a golden glow. No kidding! VERY unique.
Diane Stables did a very interesting comparison of Gilder's Paste colors in a recent blog post:
In her post she commented some disparity of colors and gave some cool examples by photo, of what you could expect.
For example, here is Gilder's Paste antique gold over a polymer clay disc:
As you can see, over the clay, it looks alot more like coppery-gingerbread than her metal brass ox lobster claw clasp.
I would have to submit, though, to get a true impression you might want to go over a piece of metal rather than clay, in this case. Clay is more porous than metal; also, it may very much depend on what the base color of the clay is and how the color reacts to it.
On the other hand, as I've used the antique gold a good bit, I would say it's definitely NOT a true match for a brass ox finding....so Diane is totally right about that.
There are some other colors of Gilder's we will be carrying soon: Foundry Bronze and Rust, which when mixed might get you a better combo to match brass ox, if you want to do it with Gilder's Paste.
Another solution if you are matching Gilder's to ***plated metal*** (not clay) is to run the metal up under your torch first and 'toast' the brass (so long as it is RAW BRASS---not plated). Then Gilder's Paste it. For some reason, I've found that the torching over the raw gives the brass a little more tooth to accept color, and a nice dark base, which will affect how the Gilder's looks in the end.
Diane also mentions that she didn't see need to have the full complement of colors. There are far more colors of Gilder's than we even carry, so I am with her, there. I have found, however, that the colors we carry are desirable for anyone who is using the product regularly, because the ones we carry mix well to make other colors.
The other colors we don't carry regularly are simply nuances of others, which you could mix yourself.
I am not a huge fan of Gilder's in colors like violet, or iris blue. But we have customers who are nuts about them!
So it all depends on what you want to do with the stuff!
As for me, if I could only afford a few, I'd have German Silver, African Bronze, Inca Gold, White, Patina and Pinotage....and then, probably Black. Those are the ones I grab most often.
Another funky little thing about Gilder's that I will be very honest about and tell you, is that I do not like---at all---is that some colors, especially the ones that are **NOT** metallic, like the Iris, can tend to dry out fast.
In fact so much so that they arrive HERE that way.
The manufacturer and I have gone 'round about this: he claims dried cakes are not defective and 'the nature of the beast'.....and that you have to learn to work with the product.
Well. Hmmm. How to deal with that?
If you are going to work with Gilder's, you need to have a can of paint thinner around. You'll need it anyway if you intend to turn Gilder's into a paint (see my You Tube videos). If you get a dry cake, soak it a bit in just a little pool of paint thinner (not a huge amount, just a bit to coat the bottom) and then break it up, and knife in the paint thinner, adding drops as you go to get the stuff where you want it to be, then use.
This is just a foible of the product and something users must adapt to. It's about my only complaint! Other than that, I think it's a fabulous product and one all of today's jewelry makers should add to their workshop materials.
Feel free to add your comments here.....would love to know your thoughts. Have a special trick you want to share? Well, the forum is open. Go for it!