How to Create an Easy Crackle Finish

Create a crackle finish easily with just white school glue and acrylic paint.

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How to Create an Easy Crackle Finish
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Paint your object with your base colour and allow to dry. This is the colour that will show through the cracks. I used VERY cheap acrylic craft paint from the $store.

Paint your object with your base colour and allow to dry. This is the colour that will show through the cracks. I used VERY cheap acrylic craft paint from the $store.

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Apply a liberal layer of white school glue. Note: I used Elmers School Glue purchased for $1 BUT I also tried with other types and had the same results. Allow to PARTIALLY dry for about 30 seconds.

Apply a liberal layer of white school glue. Note: I used Elmers School Glue purchased for $1 BUT I also tried with other types and had the same results. Allow to PARTIALLY dry for about 30 seconds.

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BEFORE the glue layer dries, slap on your top coat of paint. Again, cheap acrylic craft paint. IMPORTANT: The direction the paint is applied determines the direction of the cracks.

BEFORE the glue layer dries, slap on your top coat of paint. Again, cheap acrylic craft paint. IMPORTANT: The direction the paint is applied determines the direction of the cracks.

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I applied my paint with vertical strokes, so my lines are vertical.

I applied my paint with vertical strokes, so my lines are vertical.

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Thicker areas of paint will have yield larger cracks.  You can dilute your paint with a small amount of water for finer, less obvious cracking.

Thicker areas of paint will have yield larger cracks. You can dilute your paint with a small amount of water for finer, less obvious cracking.

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Finally, you can speed up the drying process with a heat gun but be careful that your glue doesn't bubble... if you mind that sort of thing.

Finally, you can speed up the drying process with a heat gun but be careful that your glue doesn't bubble... if you mind that sort of thing.

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