Glazing 101 with My Repurposed Life

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I have glazed several items lately and I really like the following technique best:
summer 20105
Supplies to gather:
  1. Project piece
  2. Primer
  3. Spray Paint
  4. Glaze (I used Burnt Umber)
  5. Brush (I used small foam brush)
  6. Water and something to mix glaze and water in (I used small plastic tray)
  7. Rag (I used paper towel)

I sprayed my candlestick with primer. I use the cheapo primer from Meijer, it’s a little over a dollar a can. Let dry.
I typically use Rustoleum Heirloom White, however I use it so often that I didn’t have any for this project.
I do recommend satin finish over semi-gloss or gloss. In my opinion, the glaze does not adhere to the slicker finishes.When I spray paint, I like to spray paint both right-side up and upside down. It helps to get in the crevices. If you paint something, turn it upside down and you will see small places that were missed. Let dry.

I bought this at Walmart for less than $1.00. It has lasted forever because I only use a dollop.
It’s hard to see, but I already had some water in this little tray when I added the dollop of Burnt Umber.
Can you see how little water there is? It is very shallow.

I mix the paint with the water so that it is thinned.
I start brushing on the diluted paint. I let it set for 30-45 seconds.
100_9696 Then I wipe it off with the paper towel. You can see how it naturally falls into the crevices.
I work in small areas so the paint doesn’t dry too much. I don’t think enough of the glaze “took” on the bottom section . . .

. . . so I added some more.

I wiped it a little, let it set . . .
...then wiped a little more off.
At this point you can stop (as I did) or you can go over it again if you want more detail.

Here it is in the place of honor on my mantel.

Here it is close up next to my finial. You can see how different they look even though I used the same technique on both. The finial did have Heirloom White, and the glaze was a little thicker.

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