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FAUX CLOISONNE - antiquated filigree surfaces

Faux Cloisonne Technique

Raised gilden surfaces that resemble ancient filigree enammelling. Suitable for smooth fabrics, and all types of paper & card. This technique is purely decorative, as the embossing powders are not washable (project technique copyright Rebecca Gill 2003).

Applicator Nozzle patterns Stamped with Artaglio tm  rubberstamp design Applicator Nozzle patterns

Step 1

 Filigree Fluid

Snip the end off the new Filigree Fluid bottle - make sure you only snip a tiny tip to make the smallest hole.

Squeeze gently as you draw patterns and shapes with the nozzle. Aim for a fine line of Filigree Fluid, not large lumpy areas. 

Use the nozzle tip to drag out any large spills into finer line patterns.

Your patterns should have openwork areas or spaces in between to allow for filling with paint  

Step 2

Embossing Powder

Use Black Label Embossing Powder in Metallic Gold. Sprinkle a generous amount over the Filigree Fluid drawing while still wet. The powder will stick to the fluid. Shake off the excess powder onto a piece of paper and return to the jar.

Be careful to prevent the powder becoming airborne through careless handling or shaking of the powders. Inhalation of the powders is a potential health hazard. You can use a respiratory mask and safety gloves to be extra careful.

Step 3

Heating the Powder

Use a craft heat tool to apply directional heat from above. Be careful not to burn yourself or your artwork, and especially careful if using fabric as it is more prone to burning.

The powder will melt within 30-60 seconds and form a liquid gold appearance. The Filigree Fluid will raise and expand, causing the gold powder to crack and distress.

The finished result is an antiquated raised surface, reminiscent of fine filigree outlines that have been distressed by age.

Step 4

Adding Byzantia paint

Wait for the heated powder to cool down completely. Then, using a fine paintbrush, apply the Byzantia Jeweltone paint in thick layers in between the filigree areas. You can daub the paint in to the open 'wells'.

Use any combination of the Byzantia paints - the brighter the better we think, to more closely resemble traditional cloisonne enammelling.

Leave to dry naturally, you will need to leave longer time for thicker paint applications.

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