Quite a few months ago I purchased several colors of Gilders Paste but haven't really used them. I'm back home in my Colorado studio with a couple of days off so I thought I would try out the paste on some components I bought on sale from Joann Fabrics. The components are by Laliberi and are reminiscent of old lace. I love the various components and the look of lace and crochet but the finish is a bit too bright and jarring. I thought a touch of Gilders Paste would tone the brightness down and enhance the look. Here's my first experiment.
The Guilders Paste I bought so many months ago was dried out but their website says that if you add mineral spirits you can reconstitute the paste. That worked. I applied Antique Gold to a bright silver finish and love the new look. It will work much better with my design aesthetic. I have several more components to play with and will try alcohol inks and other patinas.