How to Glaze

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.

First of all, Fusion has two types of Glaze. Clear Glaze and Antiquing Glaze.

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.

  1. Clear Glaze
  2. Paint
  3. Small brush – any type
  4. Lint free rag
  5. Bucket of clean water

A couple of things to make note of.

  1. 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.
  2. Glaze takes about 24 hours to totally dry after applying.
  3. Apply glaze in sections and make sure not to miss anything because it’s hard to touch up glaze later and get it even.
  4. 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.

Fusion Homestead Blue with Antiquing Glaze all over
Fusion French Eggshell with Antiquing Glaze just in details
Fusion French Eggshell with Antiquing Glaze in Details – Full View
Fusion Champlain with Chocolate Glaze all over
Fusion Little Lamb with Ash Glaze in Detail
Fusion Little Lamb with Ash Glaze in details

As always if you are unsure about how to glaze or what to use please reach out. We love teaching people!

Blessings,

Selina

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6 Comments

  1. I’m just learning to paint with fusion products. I painted a secretary in pebble, a china cabinet in a mix I created of lamp white, French eggshell and pebble and a cedar chest in limestone. I tried bringing up the embellished parts with antiquing wax and I’m not excited about it. It looks kind of grubby. These pieces are elegant and I don’t want the distressed look. So…question how can I remove or lighten the wax and use glaze instead. What do i have to do for prep? There is no wax on all the piece just hilited areas have minimal wax. I also would like to put a coat of sealer on in a satiny gloss when completed. Thank you.

    1. You’ll need to remove the wax with mineral spirits and clean well with fusion tsp in those areas. You may have to touch up the paint afterwords. After you’ve gotten all wax removed and touch ups done, wait 24 hours and you’re ready to apply glaze. In my opinion glaze has a more elegant look to it than wax. 24 hours after glazing you can apply Fusion Tough Coat. Tough Coat comes in Matte (slight sheen) and Gloss. If you’d like a more semi gloss sheen you can mix 1/2 Matte and 1/2 Gloss. Hope this answers your questions.

        1. Yes, you can glaze over tough coat but if it’s on a table top or something that gets wiped often I’d recommend putting tough coat on after the glaze as well.

  2. I’m thinking of painting my furniture similar to your little lamb
    W ash detailing. Do you think Bedford with ash glaze or antiquing glaze would give the beat results??

    1. Bedford is one of those colors that you could use a variety of glaze colors on. It’s got brown and gray in it. Antiquing glaze would be more subtle, Ash or Chocolate would be more dramatic. Keep in mind that antiquing glaze is a very light brown. Hope that helps.

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