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Do you want to add that something extra to your painted pieces? Glaze is what you’re looking for. Especially painted pieces with gorgeous detail are just screaming for Glaze! Glaze settles into details, gives pieces that aged look and adds character and depth.
Antiquing Glaze is a light brown already mixed glaze that can be used on painted pieces you’d like to give an aged look and highlight details. Sometimes light brown glaze is just not what you’re looking for and that’s when I make my own glaze with Fusion’s Clear Glaze. For example, a light gray piece looks better with a dark gray glaze versus the antiquing glaze in my opinion.
Clear Glaze gives you the option of mixing any color in it to create your own custom glaze. I tend to use this option most of the time because I like creating a glaze that compliments the painted piece I’m working on. Mixing glaze is extremely easy. I advise mixing glaze in a separate container so that you don’t end up with a full container of one color when you’ll only use a small amount. This leaves the rest of your clear glaze to make another color at a later time. I mix 5 parts Clear Glaze to 1 part of Paint. Just stir together well and then you are ready to apply.
How to apply Glaze:
Glaze can be applied to just the details of a piece such as crevices, trim or carved details or all over the entire piece. Below I have included a video to show you exactly how to apply it. You’ll need to start with the following.
- Clear Glaze or Antiquing Glaze
- Paint (only with Clear Glaze)
- Small brush – any type
- Lint free rag
- Bucket of clean water
A couple of things to make note of.
- Glaze has a long open time. Meaning that it stays wet longer so that you have plenty of time to apply it and get the excess off.
- Glaze takes about 24 hours to totally dry after applying.
- Apply glaze in sections and make sure not to miss anything because it’s hard to touch up glaze later and get it even.
- When glaze is applied to a table top or surface used often it’s best to seal it with products like Fusion Tough Coat – for light colors or Fusion Natural Stain & Finishing Oil -for dark colors.
Here’s a Video I did on Glazing that may be helpful.
Below are some pictures of different Glazes used in different ways.
As always if you are unsure about how to glaze or what to use please reach out. We love teaching people!
Jeff & Selina