Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Finishes

AMACO (American Art Clay Company) – a company that has pioneered craft products since 1919! When you have been in business for this long, you know you must be doing something right. Did you know that AMACO manufactures almost 100 products for art education and that nearly every school child in America has come in contact with an AMACO product during their elementary & high school years and possibly even college?

As you may have already guessed from the name, AMACO (American Art Clay Company) is widely known for their various types of clays, ceramic and glass kilns, potter’s wheels, and Glazes for home, studio and school use. But, this company is about more than just clay, they also have Fabric Dye’s, Paint, Scrapbooking products, Art Emboss products, and Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Finishes.

When I received the Rub 'n Buff products for my review, I could not help but think that I probably used these products when I was growing up and crafting with my mother. Each ½ fl. oz. tube was individually packaged and the tube was colored to represent the color of the finish. I also liked the fact that the name of the color is written in "easy-to-read" letters at the top of the tube.

Rub 'n Buff gives a lustrous wax-metallic finish when buffed with a soft cloth. The Silver Leaf and Gold Leaf seemed to give the most opaque finish, while the Autumn Gold, Ruby, and Ebony, provided a more transparent finish on my projects.

The Rub 'n Buff seemed to adhere to most any surface that I used it on, including my hands. If this is an issue, you may want to use gloves, although I did find that the color did wash off my hands with soap and water and a little scrubbing.

One of my new hobbies is metal embossing. I love the look of embossed metal but I also like the metal to have some various shades of color to add interest and depth to my work. This is not always easy to do since not all mediums will easily adhere to the metal. I began by embossing a pattern of leaves onto a band of metal. Once my embossing was complete, I used the Autumn Gold and Ruby to give color and depth to my embossed metal. I found that it really brought out the detail in the embossing and it gave my piece a warm feel.

Candle
Title: Fall Candle
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Rub ‘n Buff (AMACO)
Metal (K & S)
Stamps (Stampin’ Up)
Cord (Misc)
Candle (Michaels)

Once the candle was complete I needed a stand to match. By using a soft rag and a pouncing motion I was able to achieve the distressed look on this clear glass candle holder. I used the same colors of Rub ‘n Buff on the candle holder as I did on the metal band but I also added a little bit of the Gold Leaf for a little extra shimmer. Once the Rub ‘n Buff was dry, I then used my soft cloth to buff the surface which gave the project a lustrous finish.

Candle-and-Stand
Title: Fall Candle and Stand
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Rub ‘n Buff (AMACO)
Metal (K & S)
Stamps (Stampin’ Up)
Cord (Misc)
Candle (Michaels)
Glass Candle Holder (Anchor)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The Rub 'n Buff is quite amazing because surfaces that are generally hard to add color to, are now so simple! This product will easily adhere to most any type of surface.

I wanted to find out how well the Rub 'n Buff would work on my scrapbook pages but I knew I would need to have some sort of depth or dimension to really make the Rub 'n Buff stand out. I cut out the bracket from black Prism cardstock and ran it through an embossing folder. I then mixed a small amount of the Silver Leaf Rub 'n Buff and Odorless Paint Thinner on my paint palette. With a soft rag I picked up a small amount of the mixture and gently swiped over the top of the embossed bracket. I was not expecting the results that I achieved – the bracket looked like old embossed metal! I then used some undiluted Silver Leaf Rub 'n Buff along the edges of the bracket. I love it when you unexpectedly achieve a really cool look!

I also wanted to add a little distressing to my layout so I used the Ebony Rub ‘n Buff and my soft rag to add a dark edge around the photo mat and the patterned paper. Bracket-upclose

BBQ-Sauce 
Title: Bar-B-Que Sauce?
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Cardstock (Prism)
Patterned Paper (Flair)
Rub 'n Buff (AMACO)
Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
White Gel Pen (Ranger)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

While working with the AMACO Rub’ n Buff products, I used a white square ceramic tile for my work surface. Because I am not the neatest crafter, traces of the Rub ‘n Buff were left on my tile. When I tried to wipe it away I found that it was permanently stained. This was not a bad thing because now I have found a product that I will be able to use to add color to these tiles. The next project idea is already brewing!

The AMACO Rub ‘n Buff is not just for antiquing frames, it is a whole lot more! If you are wanting to add color and/or depth to your project, I would suggest picking up a couple of tubes of the AMACO Rub ‘n Buff.

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