Creating a Black Background or Antiqued Background

Sometimes texturing doesn’t give me the contrast I am looking for, I want something a little more “drastic”. In this case, I will add a little a little Black Background or Antiquing, so today I will demonstrate how I accomplish this.

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I have a number of 10cc Syringes that I kept when I used to have to give my dog injections. I am sure you can order these though. The first thing I do is grind off the sharp end and trim it to a point to get into small areas. I do this with a Separating Disc.

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Next I pull out the “plunger” out of the syringe and add Mineral Oil to the rubber part. This makes it easier to dispense the paint. I use Rust-Oleum High Heat Bar-B-Q Black Paint. Take off the tip, place the end of the syringe into the paint, and suck some paint into the syringe. According to how much you will be painting, you don’t need a lot of paint.

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Once you have the paint in the syringe, you will want to get rid of any air pockets and bubbles. Place the needle on the syringe, and dispense paint until the air and bubbles are gone. Do this onto a paper towel. Next apply to the piece you want to paint. Start slowly, and in larger areas, you might need to add 2 or more layers to cover good. This works much better if there is a border all the way around the area you want painted, but not absolutely necessary.

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I like to use Flat Black in most cases, but you can use a gloss finish if you like, even other colors.

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4 Responses to Creating a Black Background or Antiqued Background

  1. Laura August 25, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    The link to whatever you are putting on the rubber tip of the syringe seems to a repeat of the separating disk.

    • JewelryMonk August 25, 2014 at 7:39 am #

      Sorry. I will have to fix it later. It should link to “Mineral Oil”.

  2. Emily October 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Hi Doug! Interesting technique.. how durable do you find this? At what step in your process do you typically apply the paint? Have you ever used heat on the piece after the paint has been applied?

    Thanks so much!

    • JewelryMonk October 6, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

      Thanks for the question Emily, This is pretty durable as long as it is in a recessed area so it is not rubbed off. I usually paint this as the last process, and I try to wear cloth gloves during painting or wipe the piece down with a polishing cloth when it is dry. I have used heat to speed up the process, I have a toaster oven I use for this, and set it at about 140 degrees.
      Thanks again for the comments.