How To: Gilded with Paint
Turning your drab beads into fab beads is way easier than you would think!
I love the trendy beads. I love them so much I would spare no expense to get them! The problem is sometimes they are super hard to find… At the last market, I went to I had one goal and it was to find gold encrusted Druzy stones… I looked and looked and there were none that I thought we were worth the price tag that they wanted. I ended up purchasing some gold electroplated Druzy beads that needed a little TLC. I left the market and headed to straight to Walgreens because my first instinct is to use nail polish on beads. I use nail polish all the time to give crystal an extra sparkle or to die it the color that I am looking for. Nail polish is self-leveling and it comes in a million colors so I thought it was a genius idea. I spent 30 min in every aisle, down on my hands and knees looking for the perfect gold color. There were plenty of polishes with a gold sequence in it, but that doesn’t work. I have made that mistake before, it is a clear coat so it does not fully cover the bead.
A few customers were in the store looking at the new druzy when I told them about my plan to really dress them up with gold nail polish but it fell by the wayside when I couldn’t find the right color. One suggested gold pins, and another suggested gold leaf. Both suggestions were great but the leaf would be so hard and the pins would take forever. I was determined to jazz up these druzy's. I headed over to my nearest hobby store, just to see what was available. In the same aisle as all of the acrylic paint, gold leaf and gold pins were the gilding paint. I remembered a Pinterest article I read and pinned on my board. It was a blog post about using gilding paint to dip quartz and create a really cool necklace. I pinned it on my secret board for a later post and reading. You can check it out here DIY Gold-Dipped Wire-Wrapped Quartz Necklace I have never used gilding paint. But all I have to loose is $5 for the paint, $4 for the paint brushes, and a bead… so why not? …and so my new obsession was born.
Jazz up any stone! I will add more pictures to this blog as I make more things! Keep checking back with me!
Thanks for reading!