How to Make Your own Gilding Wax
Hi everyone, how are you. This is Andrea from The Cottage Market and I am here today with a quick and easy DIY for you! You are going to find out How To Make Your own Gilding Wax for less than half of what you would pay in the craft store! You can use it on so many different things…from metal to wood. You can use it on small spaces or larger areas. I love it to gild, or age, a decorative frame…there are so many different uses! So let me show you how…it truly is a cinch and you will love the sheen it creates! Also, if you don’t know what this stuff even is, you can check out our Comprehensive Post about Gilding Wax HERE.
Supplies for How to Make Your own Gilding Wax
The supplies you will need are just 2 ingredients: Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue...you can use any brand of Pearl Powder or you can go the really inexpensive route and use Dollar Store Powder Make up (that is what I used and it works brilliantly), a disposable stirrer…measuring spoons…a little mixing cup and small containers to put the final product it (found them at the Dollar Store also…they are pill containers!)
Step 1: The first step is to put the “powder“(Pearl powder or makeup powder) into the little mixing cup. I added one tablespoon. I used Gold powder for this batch, but don’t forget you can use any color that you want!
Step 2: The Second Step is to add your glue to the powder. I added approximately 1 tablespoon and a half of the clear gel tacky glue. I found that that was a good ratio…if you want it a bit wetter…you can always add more of either.
Step 3: Now all you have to do is to stir the mixture well until you have a nice pliable substance.
That’s it! It really is that easy! Now all you have to do is put it into your little container with a tight fitting lid. Now you have your own little pot of gold!
Gilding Wax Before and After on Metal:
Here is a quick and easy way to show you how well it works! Here is a little metal butterfly hair clip before our Faux Metallic Rubbing Wax…
and now here it after applying the wax! All you do is rub it on and then buff off the excess. See how nicely it has turned to gold. I love the shimmer effect! After you apply it…allow it to dry. You can use less and show some of the darker metal through (for more of an aged look) or go for full coverage. You only need a very small amount.
I have to tell you that I applied it with my fingers. I tried a multitude of ways, like using a brush, q-tip etc but I came back to my finger in the end…trust me on this…it is the best way. Then use warm water and dish detergent to remove it from your hands, it works like a charm.
You can make this in all different colors…it’s so much cheaper to do it this way! Just imagine it in Copper, Bronze, Silver and more. You can use gilding wax on so many things to like moldings, frames, ornate carvings, metal embellishments, really all different types of projects where you want a beautiful gilded finish. Hope you enjoy using this and experimenting with it.
Be sure and check out our other post How to Gild with Foils HERE.
Hope to see you again really soon! Enjoy your day. If you would like to visit me in the mean time…You will find me hanging out at The Cottage Market.