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Wax and Antique Pastes - Pentart 101 - Episode 7

Pentart 101 how to use wax and antique pastes

Let's talk about Wax, Antique, Chameleon and Translucent Pastes from Pentart: 

What’s the differences between Wax and Antique pastes?

First let’s talk about Wax paste. 

Wax paste contains bee’s wax and takes time to cure. It also works best on a dark/black background rather than on a white background. You can use either your finger, or a cheap brush to apply with it. If you are using a good quality brush, you’ll need a solvent to clean your brush. It’s best to seal your work and then use Wax paste as the last step because after curing, which is within a week, it will harden. When layering the Wax pastes, its best to wait 24 – 48 hours in between layers.

Sealing your Wax paste might dull down the metallic color.  You can also use the Wax pastes like paints and not just as highlighters. They are meant to be decorative and not  protectants. There is a variety of Wax paste colors. 

Pentart Wax Pastes swatched
Pentart Wax Paste Swatches

  • Fire Gold

  • Red

  • Brass

  • Honey Gold

  • Yellow 

  • Gold

  • Turtle Green

  • Green

  • Turquoise

  • Blue

  • Magenta

  • Purple

  • Rose Gold

  • Silver

  • Graphite

  • Black

Next, let's look at Chameleon Paste.

Pentart Chameleon Paste Swatches
Pentart Chameleon Paste Swatches

Chameleon paste has color shifting properties producing almost the same effect as Chrome Powders. There is an iridescence to them that shows up against black/dark surfaces. The colors of Chameleon Wax Pastes are:

  • Lilac

  • Apricot

  • Green

  • Blue

  • Sparkling Silver

  • White Gold

Finally, Antique Paste.

Pentart Antique Paste Swatches
Pentart Antique Paste Swatches

Most of these will have bitumen or orange oil in them. They are much more suited for crackle mediums such as Fine Line Crackle because they’ll wipe away more easily compared to the Wax pastes. They are used for antiquing your work. 

Antique Paste Colors:

  • Antique Copper

  • Antique Gold

  • Gold

  • Silver

  • Umbra

  • White


So, the answer to the question of what’s the difference between Wax and Antique pastes is simple. Wax paste sits on the top surface of your work such as your molds while Antique paste gets into the grooves of your molds. 

For a full demonstration of each product watch replay here:

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