Saturday, 1 August 2015

Friendly Plastic Embellishments with Gilding Wax

The final step in completing my Friendly Plastic angel wings and steampunk gearwheel embellishments that I made yesterday was to give them a metallic look.

The first step was to paint them with black gesso. I did this front and back, making sure I got well between the teeth of the various gearwheels.

09 Painting with Black Gesso

Once they were dry, I applied three colours of gilding wax randomly to the gearwheels: gold, silver and copper, blending them to give an overall metallic effect that was slightly tarnished-looking.

10 Gilding Wax

Unfortunately the photo doesn’t really show up the differences in the colour. For the two pairs of angel wings and the heart and wing embellishment, I confined myself to gold gilding wax.

I painted the heart red, using the Dylusions paint in Postbox Red.

11 Painting the Red Heart

The three pairs of wings.

12 Three Pairs of Wings

I am extremely pleased with how these turned out, and I shall definitely be making some more.

I have some silk clay on order to experiment with, too, and I am also going to re-try the UTEE method with the addition of some laser acetate sheet to strengthen them.


  1. Oh my god, Shoshi, the Embellies were a dream. Wonderful, very, very, wonderful. The heart with the wings is my favorite. Soooo nice.

    Now i'm fly away with your golden wings and leave greetings from germany.

  2. You are amazing, Shoshi! Those are awesome.

  3. Hi Shoshi, someone's been busy while I wasn't looking! I shall have to have a good nosey round all of this1
    Hope you're having a good weekend and happy crafting, Angela xXx

  4. Great to see you creating beautiful art! Hope all is going well on the hospital front. X


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