Gold Paint for Glass

Gold Glass Paints Make Your Glassware Noble!!!

Egermann, blue panel glassware with gold

History Of Gold Painting On Glass

Gold decorations give a rich and valuable appearance to materials like wood, ceramics and glass. Throughout history we see all cultures using gold decorations and until today it is still a very popular decoration all over the world.

Opal glass plates with golden rim
The first form of gold decoration was done in ancient China where they adhered fine gold leaf to ceramics. 

After the development of porcelain in 1709 in the German city of Meisen, this gold leaf technique was still used to decorate porcelain with gold. 

Meisen was well known in that time for porcelain and the local industry was very busy finding new ways for decorating the porcelain. 

It was in 1827, that the chemist Heinrich Kühn, from Meisen, Germany, developed a totally new method which is still the base of all the gold decorations of today. Heinrich Kühn developed a way how to make a resin which contains gold. This resin can be solved in organic solvents and then it can be applied to porcelain or glass. 
After the application of the gold paint, the object is put in an oven at high temperature, where all the organics are burned off and a metallic gold layer remains. 

In 1879, in Germany, this process for making this ‘liquid gold’  was further developed for the glass and ceramics industry and after that, the technique came available for the whole world.

wine glass with picture and colored stem
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Painting with gold glass paint.
After the curing, the paint becomes
 shining gold!

Gold Painting On Glass: State of the Art
Nowadays, the technique is not only restricted to gold but also platinum decorations can be made. These precious metal decorations are used for wine and beer glasses, specialty mugs, bottles (like champagne, wine, vodka), perfume bottles and other decorative glassware.

There are all kinds of gold and platinum paints for glassware available.
Gold, for instance, is available as ‘lemon yellow’ gold and red gold. There are gold and platinum paints with a ‘crackling’ effect. There are precious metal paints for brush painting and for screen printing. Some gold and platinum paints are specially formulated for crystal. And there are many more types of precious metal paints.

All these formulas are free of lead, cadmium and other heavy metals. And all of them give a nice shining metal sheen. 
Considerable research has been done to improve the adherence to the glass surface and there are now gold paints available which are dish wash proof.
The paints are usually delivered as 8 – 12% solutions and these solutions are free flowing and easy to apply.  

How To Paint Glassware With Gold Paint

Beer glass with 
gold logo
Painting with precious metals paint is not as easy as working with, for instance, hybrid paints. 
To achieve a good result depends on many factors. 
The most important factors of influence are:
- The painting materials must not be used after the shelf life, which is usually six months. 
- Storage of the painting materials must be out of the sunlight in a temperature range of 15 - 25°C (59 – 77F). 
- The firing should be done under good oxidizing atmosphere, especially in the first stage between 
   250 - 400°C (482 – 752F).
   The temperature should rise gradually to the peak temperature and sudden changes in temperature
   should be avoided. Keep the peak temperature as long as the supplier advises and then cool slowly down.
- The right peak temperature should be chosen depending on the type of kiln, type of glass, quantity, size and
   shape of the glassware. For instance, for crystal the peak temperature must be lower (like 470°C or 878F) 
   than for soda lime glass (like 600°C or 1112F). 
- The glassware and the utensils must be absolutely clean and free from dust. Dust must also be avoided
   around the wet painted object! 

 Champaign glass with beautiful 
 gold decorated rim
Painting with gold and platinum paints can be done at home but it is not a job that you do quickly in an hour or so. Usually gold painting is done in decorating departments of glassware and crystal factories and at glass decorating workshops. 
The price of precious metal paints is directly related to the gold or platinum price. So, it is important to prepare the working area very good and focus on the painting procedures prior to start painting. Wasting gold glass paint cost money!!!
It is further important to have a good (operating) kiln and that you know how to create the right oxidizing conditions inside the kiln to achieve a good result

But when everything is well prepared and when you have the right materials and the right equipment, then the result can be astonishing and you can make really beautiful glassware and crystal ware. 

For more information about painting gold or platinum in your glass factory or workshop, please contact us.

     Cocktail glass with gold design


As gold and platinum are noble metals, there is no exact alternative for precious metals paints.

However, many people use OrmoSol metallic as an alternative. 
The metallic base paint, which can be applied immediately, does not give a 'metal silver sheen' but  looks more like a matted silver.

The advantage of OrmoSol metallic base paint is not only that it is much cheaper than gold paint, it is also possible to make any metallic color just by mixing the metallic base paint with the Concentrated Color Solutions. In this way it is possible, to not only 'imitate' gold, but copper, bronze and platinum as well. Further it's possible to make any metallic color, like metallic blue, metallic red, etc.