Firing Liquid Gold
Although the most common way to use
liquid gold is in pen form, it can
also be applied with a brush. This method minimizes
waste (very important, since liquid gold is not inexpensive) and
allows for a variety of effects.
Liquid gold is available from several sources, but the easiest
to find are from Hanovia and from Thompson Enamels. These
products are not solid gold; instead, they contain around 10% to
30% gold powder in a liquid solution.
Here are some tips for working with liquid gold. Note
that most of these tips also apply to working with other liquid
precious metals (such as platinum).
1. Because of their expense,
liquid precious metals are generally applied sparingly, to add a
decorative or distinctive touch.
2. The degree of brightness or
matte finish can be controlled by the method of application.
Thinner layers of gold will be brighter when fired, while
thicker layers will be more matte.
3. It's a good idea to practice
with the brush by making a few sample pieces with thicker and
thinner brush strokes. You'll be surprised how little
brushed on gold is required to achieve a bright finish.
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procedures for liquid gold.
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