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Any Good Way To Get Gold Accents?

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I'm thinking of doing a figure with a crown, and I'd like the crown to be gold-ish, though being metallic is more important to me than being yellowy gold. In the end, I want the gold to look very worn, dirty, and antiqued.


I don't want to paint it. Is there a glaze that would do the trick? Some wash? Goldleaf after firing?





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You don't say your firing cone, but if it is cone 5-6, there are Amaco products that may work for you, Saturation Gold and Palladium.  The Saturation Gold is a softer gold metallic and the Palladium is silvery shiny (my most recent result was silvery black, as I think the clay affected the color.)


They had a metallic gold in cone 05-04, but it looks like it may have been discontinued.  Your pottery supplier may have some of that one if that is your range.



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An expensive solution is a gold luster applied after all other firings and low fired to about 018 or so. Look up metallic lusters for more specific info.

Gold leaf is a specific skill you would have to read up on and learn. It's not inexpensive either because of the current price of gold.

A cheap way to do it is to go to Michaels and buy some 'Rub n Buff, in the color you want.

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For me, the best option is gold lustre and as others have mentioned, it is expensive.  The good news is it covers very well with a thin coat and when properly applied is very reliable.  My best tips/advice:

  • Apply the lustre to previously glazed areas only...applying to bisque does not give you consistent/shiny results.
  • Use a clean, very clean (maybe new) brush to apply.
  • Apply evenly but thinly
  • If the instructions say to fire between 022 and 015, go with something in the middle (i.e. 018)
  • Do NOT consider lustres dishwasher safe or food safe!

Good luck with your project!,


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For resinous liquid gold lusters.... check the gold content of the one you are buying.  The higher content ones ALWAYS work better.... but ALWAYS cost more.  Woth the extra $ in the long run with less expensive wasted screw ups.


It is very finnicky with stuff like uncleaned glaze surfaces you are applying it to, dirty brushes (used for anything else), and dust in the air.





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