It's review time! This week I'm taking a look at the Metallic Gilding Waxes from Creative Expressions.
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Now if you haven't spotted this product yet but like that metallic sparkle on your projects, then this is definitely for you. They are pots of a coloured wax that you wipe onto the project surface to give a metallic sheen. They are particularly perfect for picking out texture, so look great on dry embossed items but also look wonderful on all sorts of other surfaces too. Gilding waxes are often used by interior designers to shabby chic pieces of furniture to give it that luxurious patina look but us crafters love them too!
The Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Waxes come in 10 yum colours and I've used the Golden Light, Cast Bronze and Patina for my examples here today.
They really do give a high metallic sheen to a project. The wax is really easy to apply, you just need to take a small amount from the surface of the pot and wipe it across the surface of your project.
The pot suggests that you apply it with a cloth onto your surface, but I also used my fingers, making sure that I wiped the majority of it off my fingers onto a cloth and then washed my hands thoroughly too.
Once the wax has dried you can add an extra shine by buffing it with a clean cloth. It is one of those products where a little bit will go a long way and I am sure that the 10 ml pot will last a very long time.
I've tried it on a number of different surfaces and the photo above shows the wax on fabric, acetate and wood (left to right) and you can also apply it to metal and painted surfaces too.
The wax is very soft and malleable and my tip would be not to take too much of the wax in one go.You do get a little bit of flaking when you try to take a large amount of wax at once, but all you have to do is work the flakes into the project or drop them back into the pot and take a smaller amount of wax.
Of course I had to try it on black card too and what a fabulous look that gives, so don't forget to try them on your coloured card!
So the Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Waxes look just as good covering large areas as they do adding small details and touches to a project. They add a really luxurious twist quickly and easily to your project.
I've used the Golden Light Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax on the corrugated card, edges and metallic brads in this Father's Day tag.
The sentiment and car are the Vintage Car set from the Creative Expressions Single Stamps range.
The flowers are the Heartfelt Mini Vintage Floret Pre Cut Set. I've also used the Creative Expressions Umount Texture Plate and some Cosmic Shimmer Misters.
If you want to see some more fabulous ideas for using your Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax then check out this lovely project from Tracy Evan's blog. But you also NEED to check out Suzanne Saltwell fabulous stamping with the Gilding Wax over on the Creative Expressions Blog.
I would love to hear what you think about these gliding waxes if you have them, or other waxes that you use.
Thanks for popping in.
[Disclaimer: At the time of writing this review I was on the Creative Expressions Design Team and I was given this product to use and review but as with all my reviews, I do try to give you my honest unbiased thoughts.]
UPDATE: 2nd June 2014 Hi Guys, I thought I better put an update to this review, it seems that a number of people have been having a problem with this product being far from soft and easy to work with and their pots have been very hard. So much so that a few months after releasing the Gilding Wax Creative Expressions bought out a softening fluid that you could buy to soften hard wax. I've never had this problem with my pots so can't really give much advice and all the advice I have is in the comments below. If you are still having problems then the best bet is to get in touch with Creative Expressions via email at email@example.com or find them on their Facebook page. Hope that helps.