I love this gold paste. I know it's expensive but it goes a long way and is great for adding gold accents to elements of fired silver clay. Adding gold to your work adds value and the colour is glorious! Follow the instructions carefully! Dispense a small amount of the paste onto a glass sheet or ceramic tile, mix in some of the medium to make it a smooth paste and paint into grooves or dips in your texture. Fire by torch or kiln and then burnish for a beautiful gold lustre. I use this only in protected areas like carved lines or deeper textures. On high spots, Keum Boo with Art Clay Gold Foil is a better option. The paste is also great for adding into hard to reach areas where Keum Boo wouldn't be possible.
Use the Art Clay Gold Paste to add 22K accents on fine silver (including Art Clay or PMC) and also glass or porcelain. The AGS bottle contains one and a half grams of pure gold powder dispersed in a non-toxic water-based binder. It can be fired on a gas hob, with torch, or a kiln. Apply the gold paste to an already-fired silver piece. After drying, the piece is fired again to sinter the gold and bond it to the silver. It is extremely easy to use, no need to worry about hot plates, or burnishing the hot metal.
*To apply the Gold Paste on a fired Art Clay Silver surface, use undiluted paste and apply the Gold Paste on a matte surface. If you need to add Gold Paste on a polished silver surface, fire the silver piece in a kiln for 30 minutes at 700C/1292F to make a matte surface, and the apply.
*Thickness of the application needs to be less than 0.5mm thick per layer. If you use undiluted paste on a glass or thick glazed porcelain surface, the painted area may sink due to the gold weight.
- The applied paste must be completely dried before firing. It may be dried in the following ways:
- Applying Undiluted:
- Hair Dryer: At least 5 minutes with 1200 watt hair dryer. Place the dryer within 10cm/ 3 inches from the piece.
- Air dry: At least 15 minutes
- Applying the diluted paste:
- Hair Dryer*: At least 30 minutes with 1200 watt hair dryer. Place the dryer within 10cm/3 inches from the piece.
Application on fired Art Clay Silver surfaces:
- Kiln firing:
- Raise Kiln temperature to 500C/932F
- Place the piece in the kiln and fire to 800C/1472F
- After reaching the temperature, hold for 5 minutes to complete the firing. Turn the kiln off and allow to cool.
- Stove top firing:
- Place the stainless steel net on the burners of a gas stove. Make sure the stainless net is placed at center of the burners. Turn on the cooking stove. Identify the most red-hot spots on the stainless steel net.
- Turn off the cooking stove. Place the piece on the spot where you identified the most red-hot part using a pair of tweezers.
- Turn on the cooking stove again and fire the pieces for five minutes. Turn off the stove and do not touch for at least 20 minutes.
*Maximum Dimensions: 5.0cm (L) X3.0cm (W) X2.0cm (H)
Application on a porcelain or ceramic surface:
- Kiln Firing:
- Place in a cold kiln and fire to 800C/1472F.
- Turn off your kiln when the temperature reaches 800C/1472F. There is no hold time.
- You may remove the piece when the temperature reaches 100C/212F, or cool naturally to room temperature.
Application on a glass* surface:
- Kiln firing:
- Place the piece in a cold kiln and fire to 800C/1472F.
- When the temperature reaches 800C/1472F, hold for 5 minutes.
- Open kiln door and cool down (crash-cool) to 600C/1112F, and close kiln door again*.
- Allow the kiln to reach room temperature before removing.
*The glass used with the Gold Paste is COE90 and if you use glass with a different COE, please test fire first.
** Please Note **
- It is important that your kiln's pyrometer is functioning properly.
- Gas torch firing is not recommended for this product.
- For stove top firing, please use gas-operated stove, which is able to generate more than 2.9kw (2900 calorie), and recommended stainless steel net.
The surface of the fired are where Gold Paint was applied will be matte in colour due to crystallisation, but a lustre can be obtained by polishing. (i.e. Metal or agate burnisher, wet and dry sandpaper, etc.). Do not polish gold overlaid area on the glazed surface too hard, as it may chip off with the glazed surface. Polishing the area with light gliding strokes is enough to bring out the shine. If the gold area chips off during polishing, it is possible to attach it with Art Clay Overlay Silver Paste*.
*Requires second firing to attach.
Comes with detailed and easy-to-follow instructions.
Pot includes 1.5g
Art Clay gold products come from 100% recycled gold which has been extracted from scraps of industrial use (ie. electric parts, plating), jewellery and dentistry. It is not sourced from conflict mines.
Aida Chemical Industries Co. Ltd is recognised as Conflict-free Smelters which conforms to international guidelines set by CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative).