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How to: Milk Paint Over Decorative Molds

How to: Milk Paint Over Decorative Molds

, by Mary Kate King, 6 min reading time

If you love the look of Milk Paint but your piece just doesn't have the intricate details you want to accentuate it, just add your own! You can use Toscana Milk Paint over Decorative Mold pieces you've made and attached yourself for a custom design that is one of a kind.
  

Toscana Milk Paint allows you to easily recreate the historic patina found on European antiques. In the past, you had to search for years or spend thousands to find a piece with this kind of elegance and drama. Now you can recreate this iconic historic patina with Toscana Milk Paint powder.

It's simple to create vintage looking pieces with this process, so follow along while we show you how!

  
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Step 1
  
Mix resin Part A with the hardener Part B. Use 60% resin and 40% hardener to make your molds bendable if being placed onto the curve or edge of your piece.
  
Mix for three minutes until well combined.
  
Pour into your Decorative Mold of choice and allow to cure overnight. Peel the mold back from the resin once hardened. 
  
  
Step 2
  
While your molds are setting, use the artist brush to apply Gilding Size to your piece. Let it come to tack (very sticky / not completely dry). This takes about 10-15 minutes. You can tell the Size has come to tack when you touch it and the skin of your finger comes away with some resistance.
    
Tip: Gilding Size is like glue, so be sure to wipe the edges of your jar clean after each use so it can be easily opened for future use. 
  
  
Step 3
  
Once the Size comes to tack, open your leaf booklet and peel back the first tissue. Hold it by the spine of the booklet without touching the leaf and lay the leaf face down on the mold. Burnish (rub) in one direction with your hand while the booklet is still on the leaf you just laid. If multiple sheets are needed, slightly overlap them so as to avoid lines.
    
Take a Chip Brush and smooth in the same direction as you burnished to take away excess leaf. After the larger chunks of leaf are detached you can rub a little more vigorously with the brush to remove smaller sections of leaf in the details.
  
  
Step 4
  
Mix your Milk Paint (if combining two or more colors for a custom color, stir colors together while dry). Ratio is 1:1 of milk paint and water. Stir together and let sit for 15 minutes if there is foam or bubbles. 
  
Amy's Tip: Ensure you are working with the smoothest paint mixture possible by straining your Toscana Milk Paint and water mixture through gauze to remove clumps before you begin.
  
  
Step 5
  
Apply the molds to your piece with hot glue or super glue and then start painting the surface and mold with the Milk Paint. Let sit until dry or speed up the process by using a hair dryer or heat gun. 
  
  
Step 6
  
Once completely dry, use a lint free cloth or sea wool sponge to apply Antiquing Glaze. Dip your cloth/sponge in the Glaze, wring it out, and pounce until you get the desired antiqued effect.
  
Amy's Tip: The more Glaze you use, the more of the Milk Paint will be taken off and the layer underneath (gold leaf) will show through.
  
  
Step 7
  
Once the Antiquing Glaze is dried, use the Chip Brush to apply Light Wax in a cross hatching motion (offload onto cardboard before applying). Allow to come to tack (20-30 minutes). Use the second chip brush to apply Dark Wax the same way but lightly and only over about 20% of the surface (or until you get the desired effect). Allow to come to tack (20-30 minutes), and then buff with a t-shirt or lint free rag.
  
  
Finally, Enjoy the Bragging Rights and admire the seamless age of your new custom piece!
  
  
Head over to amyhowardathome.com for more tutorials, inspiration, products, and more. 
  

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