My tins of gilder's paste arrived earlier this week and I managed to find some time to experiment with them a little. I dug out some cameo settings from my stash and rubbed on the paste to see how they would turn out. The results?
I coloured the settings in Violet, Patina, German Silver (bottom right), Copper (middle of pic) and Antique Gold (top left). I think the metallic colours work better - I had some trouble getting the Violet to stay on. Maybe I need to rough up the surface first to help the colour stick.
I have to say that adding colour to the settings makes them a lot more interesting. And attractive. I sealed the settings with Mod-Podge (the only thing I had on hand) btw, since I was afraid the colours might rub off.
I also used gilder's paste on a clay heart I made. I found some air-dry clay in a local book cum stationery store and decided to get it since I couldn't wait for my Apoxie Sculpt to arrive. I'm impatient that way. I've never tried air-dry clay before but since a 500g pack only cost S$4, I figured I had nothing to lose.
I very inexpertly shaped a heart and let it dry over 3 days. I then rubbed gilder's paste in Pinotage and Antique Gold over it. Finally I brushed on a couple of layers of Mod-Podge.
The heart is cracked, and mis-shapened, and very amateur-ish to be honest. But there is a beauty in it I never thought I'd see. I guess it's like the hearts some of us bear - worn and torn but still beating.