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Apply Gilders Paste To A Stamped Blank

About this Tip:

Use Gilders Paste on your stamped blanks. Adding this touch of color will really make your stamped-in patterns pop!

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
To apply Gilders Paste, use an old t-shirt, a rag, paper towel, a paint brush, or your finger. Each option gives you a different effect.
Step 2:
Lay your design on a towel or something you don't mind getting dirty. Apply the Gilders Paste, working it into the recesses on the blank where you've stamped.
Step 3:
It should look slightly "wet" immediately after applying.
Step 4:
Wait less than a minute until it looks a little chalky and wipe using an old t-shirt, paper towel, a rag. I prefer a t-shirt because it is relatively lint free. Remember, the goal is to leave color in the recesses, so just buff the surface and don't wipe too hard.
Step 5:
Repeat steps 1-2-3 until your desired effect is achieved. I did this 4 times to get this look. It took less than 10 minutes. Let your piece dry for 1 hour before using it in a design or buffing it to a shine. A clear sealer can help preserve your design over time.

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  1. Di Dunlap
    Di Dunlap says:

    Is this safe for skin contact? If so, Yaaaahh!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Are there any other uses for gilders paste, apart from leaving it in the “cracks” of the piece?

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    I love this! What kind of a clear sealer do you recommend??

  4. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi Classy Chick! There are several clear sealers out there, but if you can hold off for a few weeks, we’ll be adding one of our own! In the meantime, you can use a clear spray sealer called “PermaLac” that works pretty well.

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Thanks, Steve!! Can’t wait!!!

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    trinkets says:

    If you leave it on too long, can you correct in some way, or will you have to start over?

  7. Ali
    Ali says:

    If you find yourself not happy with your results and want to remove the Gilders Paste so that you can start over the following will do the trick: solvents (paint thinner, minerals spirits, turpentine, lacquer thinner), wire brush, paint scrapper, sand blasting. If you choose the solvents, I recommend wearing gloves. Also remember that you can remove the Gilders Paste within 15 minutes of applying with a cloth or rag.

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Sooooo…. when will that sealant be in??? I bought three different colors of Gilders Paste and tried my hand at the technique ;) Now just have to finish them so I can put them into a design! :)

  9. Breababy
    Breababy says:

    I want to make my artistic brass wire look a little less bright. Can I use such a paste to tone down the color? If so would I use the black? I love this store by the way.

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    LauraW says:

    thank you for this tutorial! I have a question-when I first started designing my own jewelry, I used a lot of silver plate, but unfortunately I wasn’t too happy, so I am now buying all sterling, bronze, copper, gold-filled, brass-anything not plated. If I used sp again, could I use the Paste and sealer to prolong its’ use? Thanks again-always great videos!

  11. Kate
    Kate says:

    LauraW- you could, but you may want to “tooth” the piece up a bit, so that the paste has something to “grab” onto!

  12. Shadowcat
    Shadowcat says:

    I have a question…I have 3 Tins of the Gilders Paste and it is so hard that it is very hard to get any on a rag let alone my finger. Any ideas on what I can do?

  13. Rebekah C
    Rebekah C says:


    They have a tutorial here

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    M Haney says:

    hard to see, a close up would be helpful

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