Creating a Raised Finish on Furniture with Glass Beads

If you're looking to add a touch of elegance and dimension to your pieces, this technique is perfect for you.

In this clip from the Mica Finish Workshop, Amy begins by introducing the combination of Micah Powders and glass beads, emphasizing their ability to create intricate freehand art and patterns. 

The glass beads used in this technique are authentic and light-reflective, resulting in a truly captivating finish. These beads are mixed with a gel medium that dries to a clear finish, ensuring that the beads stand out beautifully. 

Amy demonstrates the process by applying a bright gold Micah Powder mixed with glass beads onto a Mylar stencil placed on a surface, revealing the intricate design underneath. 

She advises not to press too hard, allowing the beads to sit on top of the stencil, creating a raised effect. 

Once the design is complete, Amy recommends drying the piece with a hairdryer or allowing it to air dry for several hours. 

To create a raised finish with glass beads:

Glass beads combined with Micah Powders produce a unique and reflective effect.

  • Mylar stencils offer the opportunity to create detailed patterns and designs.
  • Mixing the glass beads with a gel medium ensures their adherence to the surface.
  • Apply the bead mixture using a spreader at a 45-degree angle, allowing the beads to sit on top of the stencil.
  • Avoid pressing too hard to maintain the raised effect.
  • Dry the piece thoroughly before proceeding with the next steps.

If you're intrigued by the process and would like to explore the complete Mica Finish Workshop with Amy Howard, click here

Remember, practice and experimentation are key to mastering this technique. With Amy Howard's guidance, you'll be able to create stunning raised finishes using glass beads, transforming your furniture into works of art. 

Happy crafting!

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