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• Made in the USA
• Non Toxic
• No VOC’s
• Available in 22 colors: Sheer Silver, Sheer Russet, Sheer Pearl, Sheer Gold, Sheer Gold Pearl, Sheer Glitter, Sheer Copper, Sheer Bronze, Pearl, Orchid, Emerald, Onyx, Amethyst, Lagoon, Sapphire, Ocean Surf, Berry, Limelight, Lilac, Tangelo, Sunshine, Aquamarine
*Disclaimer: I was sent three colors to complete this review. The colors I received were, Berry, Aquamarine, Tangelo.
I tested these gel mediums on brass jewelry components, in both plated and raw. I found these mediums to be a creamy consistency, they are not water/runny like craft paint.
For this dragonfly, I used a brass stamping that is plated in antique silver.I painted the entire surface of the wings in Aquamarine. When dry, I used the Berry to accent the outer area of the wings.
This glittering fairy, was made by painting the entire wings in Berry. Just before the first coat was completely dry, I dry brushed the Aquamarine on. When the two colors mixed, a new color came into the mix, blue. I was pleased with this mixture of colors coming up, so I dry brushed a small amount of the Tangelo, on the wings, more towards the fairy’s hair. This allowed me get the wonderful mixture of colors. The fairy is brass with an antique silver plate.
With this next piece, I used raw brass that had been properly cleaned. I had some fun with this one. First I painted the entire piece in the Aquamarine. When it was completely dry, I used the Berry and Tangelo on the inside portions of the design. I allowed this to completely dry, for a day. Then I distressed the piece using steel wool. I just love how the brass highlights show through.
OK, so now I am hooked on this stuff! The pieces are turning out so well, that I am looking around my studio for things to paint! I have these large brass stampings (6″ x 2″) These are made from vintage dies and they were most likely used as hardware accent pieces, maybe on furniture? Again the raw brass is properly cleaned prior to using. Now I know that because this piece is large and has a lot of smooth surface, even though it has a design, I will need to first do a coat of gresso. I applied the gresso and let it dry overnight. Then I applied the first coat of aquamarine. I applied one more coat and let it dry. After it was completely dry, I distressed the piece with steel wool. What a whole new look for this piece. Now I need to find this piece a home, maybe accent a picture frame?
The colors on these gel mediums are beautiful! As I stated before, these are not like craft paint and are creamy (thicker), therefore I found that I did not need as much compared to using paint. The drying time was longer than craft paint, which is to be expected due to the consistency. The colors stay true, when drying and adding additional layers will only intensive the color. When distressing the items, it will take a little more work to do than, removing paint from the same piece. Again this is due to the fact they are not a paint. I will personally be purchasing more of these, as I now want them all! *Note* Because the pieces that I did will be used for jewelry, I will seal the piece with a clear coat before designing with them.
I hoped you enjoyed this product review.