Create a Crackle Finish on Wood

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A crackle finish on wood is something that can happen naturally over time or something you can do to a woodworking project right away. George Vondriska takes you step by step through the process and shows you how to achieve this weathered look using hide glue and two contrasting paint colors.

Liquid Hide Wood Glue provided by Titebond. For more information, visit www.titebond.com.

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6 Responses to “Create a Crackle Finish on Wood”
  1. lucshel10

    This process seems pretty simple on smaller projects like in this video. Is there a recomenned process for larger peices of furniture, like a dressor or large cabinet that you are wanted to crackle the entire peice?

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    • WWGOA Team

      Thank you for your comment. I’ve only done this on a small scale but I know people who have used this same process on large pieces of furniture with success. I’m not aware of any other approaches for producing a crackle finish.

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  2. Renee

    I’m not sure what went wrong. I have what looks like bubbles on my project. Also on other places, the cracks came out big in some areas and thin in others. I used full strength on the entire piece. Please advise. I’m starting over.

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    • WWGOA Team

      Hi, Renee!

      I’ve never had bubbles form when I’ve done this. The only thing I can think of that might have caused that is some kind of contamination between the glue and the top coat. Maybe some residue on the brush that was used to put the glue on? Crack size is typically controlled by the amount of glue that’s applied. To get the cracks consistent, the coating of glue has to be consistent.

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