My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1083: More on the Metallic Lustre Water-based Wax

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-16-2013 11:16 AM 3141 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to have to keep this short today. Some things came up and I have some things to do today. I just wanted to write so you all aren’t concerned and have at least a little something to read with your coffee.

I worked on the article for the DecoArt Metallic Lustre yesterday and I will be doing the final revisions on it today. In writing the article, I experimented a bit with it and I must say that I am even more impressed with this product that I was before.

I love the fact that it is a paste wax, yet still a water based product. This means that while it feels like a typical paste wax, it can be thinned down with water to any consistency and applied in a variety of different ways for many different looks. While I won’t share the entire article here, I did want to show you a couple of the key ways that I used it.

One thing that I am aware of is the many woodworkers that like to have the wood grain showing through. As a test, I took out one of my older projects the SLD360 Rocking Reindeer project to see how I could dress it up. I used a damp cosmetic sponge to apply a thin layer of wax on the top only of the rocker (I didn’t want to get the metallic paste on the sides, as they were intricately scrolled and would have looked sloppy) and I just lightly tapped a little bit of the metallic past on it. The color I used was Copper Kettle and the shine was just amazing. It actually gave a deep, metallic finish to the runner, while still allowing the grain to show through. I think it made the project look even better:

I did several other experiments, but one other that I will show you here was to take a basic black frame:

And some Silver Spark Metallic Lustre and this time I used a sea sponge to apply it to the frame.

By simply sponging it into place, it turned this cheap $3 frame into a really beautiful piece in about 2 minutes. One quick coat of clear spray and it looked like an expensive frame that you would get from a photo shop. This would work great on frames that you may have that have some marks or scuffs on them. The marbled pattern really can hide a multitude of imperfections, and make a beautifully classy frame for your woodworking projects or photos.

And the best part – there are no nasty fumes and clean up is fast and easy.

I am really in love with this new product. With the upcoming holiday crafting, I can see many applications in my woodworking projects where I will be able to use this. It should be available in your local craft stores soon, but if you can’t find it, you can order it directly from DecoArt at the link above. I think it will make a wonderful addition to many projects and make them just that much more special.

I hope you all have a great day today. It looks like it is going to be another warm one here. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have and enjoyable time.

Have a great Tuesday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 07-16-2013 12:03 PM

That reindeer really is rockin… Super nice. That paint looks simple and ez to transform anything.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 07-16-2013 12:47 PM

Hi Sheila,
That metallic luster can change the natural wood into somewhat like a granite or marble finish. I thought it is for aluminum or silver look. You make the difference by combining black with silver. I like the natural wood color but with your creativity, I am changing my mind to follow your steps.
Suggest the reindeer must have eyes…probably a rhinestone will do. Amazing 3d creation with scrollsaw.

Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 05:16 PM

Sheila that Reindeer looks amazing
The grain really pops


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 09:49 PM

Hi Sheila, I’m loving the Metallic Lustre too. So far I’ve only got the Copper Kettle. I wanted to see how I’d like the product before I got any more. I have now ordered all the colours from DecoArt and they are on their way. I can think of lots of ways of using this paint. We had a bunch of wooden picture frames stored away and today my hubbie stripped them all down so we can try some new finishes on them. Fun times ahead! :)
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 10:48 AM

Good morning all! I was away most of yesterday and didn’t get home until later and honestly I was too tired to answer here. :/ Long day!

In any case, I do appreciate your comments.

Roger – that is one of my all time favorite patterns. This year I want to do some standing reindeer, but I am still thinking about what I am going to do to make them special. You will have to stay tuned. :)

Bert – I have really enjoyed exploring different products and creating faux finishes. It is amazing how these simple techniques can transform pieces into something spectacular. I love the natural color of wood also in many cases, but there are times when the wood is not so attractive and we need to dress it up a bit. As you see with the reindeer – you can add color and still see the natural wood grain. You just need to use the right products.

Jamie – I chose this piece because i also loved the finish. I sanded the reindeer pieces with fine grit paper and some mineral oil after shaping. Yes – this took time – but look at the results! Then I coated the pieces with some spray lacquer. It looks warm and rich and I am also thrilled with how it came out.

Anna – you need to keep me posted on what you are working on with the Metallic Lustre. I am sure that I just touched the tip of the iceberg here and I will love to see how you decide to apply this to your daily work. Thank you as always for sharing with me. I certainly enjoy seeing your pieces!

Thanks all for your comments. Yesterday was a somewhat trying day and it was nice to come home to hear from my friends. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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