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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Modern Masters Porcelain Crackle Tutorial

This blog post is my product review for Modern Masters Crackle Finish.  I love to paint signs and old wooden caddies and just about anything small that I can make look really old and weathered.  I leave the big stuff to my husband.

So first I'll start out by telling you I used to be a power seller on Ebay.  One of my biggest sellers was petite French night tables that I used to "spot crackle" and I really did an Old World finish on them.  I  could ship them for $30 anywhere in the country.  Then one very sad day the U.S. Postal Service wanted to charge me $70 because the rates had gone up.  So I let this little hobby of mine go by the wayside.  With my renewed interest in my hand decorated pieces, I have been longing for my porcelain crackle days to return.  The bottles of crackle I had on hand which were professional grade had lost their integrity (yes, crackle has a shelf life) and so I went in search of a new product.  Enter Modern Masters porcelain crackle.  I tried it this weekend on some cabinet doors I am doing a pair of signs on and let me tell you, this product delivers in spades.  It's too much crackle for even me, but it did what it was supposed to do so I give it an outstanding A+++++.  This was my result in the following photo.  With the old professional product I would get just spottings of crackle which is really the look I want.  A truly old piece doesn't crackle uniformly like this, but I can adjust for this on future projects.

 My husband painted my cabinet doors with a primer gray latex paint, the kind you just brush on.  Then I used Step 1.  I painted it onto the cabinet doors with a cheap disposable brush.  When I say cheap, it's because they can be washed out and reused until they die.  This is a water based product so I washed my brush with soap and water and I'll use it again.  My 59 cent brush will serve me well.
 I brushed the entire front of the doors figuring I would be lucky to get 25% of my door to crackle.  This expectation was based on all the other crackle products I have used from the professional ones to the Michael's Craft Store ones.  This is a porcelain size crack like the crazing on antique china, not the huge cracks of the 80's refinishing fad.
 What causes the product to make a crackle finish is because it's really a glue.  So step one is a glue that is painted on and it dries so it's sticky but the glue residue does not come off on your fingers.  Now that step one is complete, I have a sticky surface.

 Now I used another cheap dry brush.  I just didn't want to use the wet one and these steps need to be done within an hour of each other.  Step two is a top coat of the water base Step 2 Modern Master's Crackle.  This seals in the glue so it's not sticky anymore.  I could see the crackle appear on the surface once step two had dried for about an hour.  I came back and dry brushed with Annie Sloan's Old Ochre over the cabinet doors.  Look at that crackle.  Can you see it?  Seriously, if you can't, get your eyes checked.  Wow, that's a lot of crackle!
 We're talking crackle heaven here.  Even where I put heavy paint you can still see the crackle.  Now there is a step three to this process which I didn't purchase only because I didn't know about it until I read the instructions.  One is a dark finish and one is a light finish.  I think this is similar to the light and dark waxes we have all been using of late.  Since I had to improvise, and honestly I might have done this anyway, I sprayed the surface with Deft clear satin lacquer spray.  That is my clear coat of choice.  Use whatever clear coat you prefer.  Then I took my Minwax Jacobean stain and wiped it on and then wiped it back just to get some dark in the crevices and the cracks.  Once this dries (I'll give it 24 hours because it's still 96 degrees here in November!), I'll respray it with the Deft and continue on with the rest of my project.  So if you like the fine porcelain cracks of china, you will love this product to age your furniture projects and whatever else you love to do.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I "cracked" you up (lol).

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Susie said...

I like crackle finish. I have done it to the insides of a cabinet...so when the doors hang open, the crackle shows. You really have good ideas. Smiles, Susie

Brenda Pruitt said...

Looks great! I have a reader, Annette, who shops where you have merchandise. She's concerned because you said you'd be leaving there and she wants to know if you'll be somewhere accessible for her to still shop.

NanaDiana said...

I love the way it looks, Maggie. I have couple of pieces that are crackled, too. Perfect job- xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Fabulous old look to the finish! Years ago I used Franklin Hide Glue (don't know if they even make it any more) to achieve this look on small pieces, but if I overworked it, the crackle was lost. I'm going to give this product a try for a cupboard I want to age. Thanks for the tip!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I have not done a crackle finish in years. I really like the small cracks that your showing us. It's a beautiful look.

Bliss said...

I took crackle and cracked and instead I cackled.


Old Crow said...

I would like to try this but you didn't mention where it can be purchased - maybe Hobby Lobby or Michael's. I hope you post the finished "sign," as I like to do a lot of signs myself and love to get inspiration from you.

Anonymous said...

Love crackle finishes and am about to re-do a coffee table...would love to know where to purchase it!
I just have to follow you, now!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Thanks for this! Good to know there is a product out there that actually works!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That looks just great Maggie! I have been disappointed with crackle mediums too and I really am going to try this one. The results look just great!