The Amy Howard at Home Dust of Ages is a special detail that makes Amy Howard finishes authentic and unique. This powder aids in polishing wax topcoats to a subtle sheen, and settles into crevices as if collected over hundreds of years.
*After you have painted your piece you will need to wax it for the dust of ages to adhere. See waxing brochure for complete waxing instructions. Dust of Ages can be done during the waxing process or at the very end by following these steps. Best used on pieces with carved areas. Does not show well on flat smooth surfaces.
Dip a clean brush into the Light antique or clear wax. You want just enough wax to gently cover the bristles of your brush
Use a piece of a cardboard palette to ‘off-load’ some wax from your brush. You do not want your brush bristles to be overwhelmed with the wax
Use your brush to apply wax to carvings, crevices and details (anywhere dirt and dust would collect over the years).
Allow to dry to tack for 15 minutes. The thinner and dryer the wax the less Dust of Ages will stick. The heavier and wetter the wax, the more that will stick. Play around and experiment with this.
Lay out a large piece of paper or poster board. You will “use” much more Dust of Ages in application than necessary so the paper is important so you can pour the excess back into the container.
Dip a clean dry bristle brush into the Amy Howard at Home Dust of Ages and pounce it on your pieces. Repeat to cover your entire piece. Pay special attention to pouncing it into crevices. It will look like you have just ruined your work but you haven’t so do not panic. It is part of the process!
Allow your piece to dry one hour.
Brush the excess Dust off your piece and onto your paper, no need to waste it – put the excess right back into the container. It can be saved and reused later.
Now, use your rag to buff your piece deliberately to get desired patina shine.