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 (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"