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Oil Glaze – The Recipe

For those of you who still use oil glaze (like Pierre Finkelstein of Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting), here’s his standard oil glaze recipe. Pierre calls it the 3 by 1 with a mixture of turpentine, linseed oil and Japan Drier.

THE RECIPE

It’s a recipe that seems to work for all of my oil glazing needs. From a small woodgrain panel to an entire room, this recipe will give you enough open time to work the glaze and dry the next day.

  • 3 parts turpentine
  • 1 part linseed oil
  • plus Japan drier (5-10% – until it looks like iced tea)

The turpentine and linseed oil should be the highest, fine-artist quality. This will make a huge difference in your results. Japan drier can be purchased at a paint/hardware store.

!! WARNING:  When mixing turpentine with linseed oil, a combustible formula is created. Exercise extreme precaution and proper cleaning techniques. The mixture can cause a huge fire if left on a dry rag or cotton gloves. Submerge your soiled rags in water and/or stretch them out to prevent a cozy cavern for combustion.

HOW TO MIX THE RECIPE

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

  • Turpentine
  • Linseed Oil
  • Japan Drier
1

ADD TURPENTINE

STEP 1 – ADD TURPENTINE: Add 3 parts into bottle with lid.

2

ADD LINSEED OIL

STEP 2 – ADD LINSEED OIL:  Add 1 part Linseed oil into turpentine.

!! WARNING:  When mixing turpentine with linseed oil, a combustible formula is created. Exercise extreme precaution and proper cleaning techniques. The mixture can cause a huge fire if left on a dry rag or cotton gloves. Submerge your soiled rags in water and/or stretch them out to prevent a cozy cavern for combustion.

3

ADD JAPAN DRIER

STEP 3 – ADD JAPAN DRIER:  Add Japan Drier until the mixture looks like iced tea.

4

ADD OIL PAINT

STEP 4 – ADD OIL PAINT:  From here, you would add your oil paint. I only use the finest quality oil colors from a tube. GOOD TIP: be sure to disperse your oil paint on a mixing brush first, so as to mix the colors evenly throughout the glaze.

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