This Is How You Apply A
Simple Antique Glaze
An antique glaze is often used in conjunction with the
crackle glaze to make the gold look older. Here you can see the
results of using this type of glaze glaze in some before and
As you can see the effect is very pleasing to the eye.
I use an oil based glaze, this is important as the
crackle varnish top coats are mostly water based.
It would be no good using a water based glaze, such as an
acrylic, as it would dissolve the top coat of the crackle
glaze, so always use an oil based paint for this procedure.
You simply rub in the glaze with a pad of cotton wool,
making sure the glaze is worked into the cracks caused by the
The cracks caused by the crackle glaze may not be visible
until you have applied the antique glaze.
You then simply wipe off the surplus glaze which leaves a
thin coating all over the gilded area, and highlights the
cracks in the crackle varnish.
Here are a couple of before and after pictures which
demonstrate how the crackle glaze becomes highlighted after the
application of the antique glaze.
When dry I suggest giving a final coat of lacquer in order
to seal the whole piece.
Both these glazes and all other materials and equipment can
from the gold
leaf supplies page.
As you can see, applying a glaze is a very simple process.
You can of course experiment with different coloured glazes, I
found a vermillion oil paint which produced a very nice
Another material you can use to create striking
visual effects, is neither difficult to make or apply,
see how you can
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