A – Z Guide of Custom Hand Finishes

Do you know what makes your custom piece truly unique? It’s the custom hand finish. From antiquing to wax, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to having a beautiful and unique design. But how do you know which one is best for your item? And where can you find these finishes?

We have answers. In this post, we’ll cover everything from types of finishes to tips on how to use them most effectively. Read on for all the details.

A - Z Guide of Custom Hand Finishes

1. Antique Finish

This look is subtle and adds a touch of elegance to any piece. By lightly sanding the surface with fine-grit paper, you will expose an aged patina that will look like it’s been worn for decades. You can enhance the antique finish by painting additional elements or details over top as well.

If you want your creation to have a bit of shimmer, add some antiquing solution to your paint before applying it. If you don’t want to make the entire piece look antique, try accents and details instead.

2.  Acrylic Finish

This inexpensive solution is great for covering large areas or adding a protective and decorative finish to your projects. You can find both Mod Podge and Elmer’s glue at most craft stores, but there are also other brands.

To use it, you will need a brush or sponge applicator. Coat the surface you want before applying it. Thin layers are best for this type of finish. You can easily build up the finish.

If you want a thicker look, use two thin layers or spread it out on a flat surface and cut it down using texturing tools.

3.  Candied Finish

The candied finish is fine cane sugar that protects and colour projects. You can use it on wood, paper, textiles, or any other material. The wax comes in a variety of colours ranging from milky white to deep black.

To apply it, you will need a cloth applicator that is similar to the ones you use for polish and heat set it with an iron. It is a great option if you are looking for a durable and affordable finish.

4. Clear Coat Finish

You have probably seen these types of finishes on everything from wood to furniture. They create a smooth and easy-to-clean surface that has a bit of shine. If applied correctly, your creation will also be stain-resistant.

To apply the finish you will need an airbrush or spray gun. If you don’t have access to one, use a brush. Thin layers are best because they don’t make the finish look thick.


The options that you have are limitless, which is why custom finishes can be such a great resource when creating your next project. When choosing the finish for your piece, think about the look you want to achieve and pick the best option from above. If you are still not sure, contact us for further guidance.

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