When I was a kid I always loved getting a new box of crayons. Especially if it was the box of 64 with the built in sharpener. You can probably guess some of my favorite colors; Sea Green, Robin Egg Blue, Cornflower.
Well recently Allie from Little Billy Goat offered to send me some of their products to try out. In addition to some paint and other supplies, she also sent me a bunch of their Goat Sticks. What’s a Goat Stick? It looks like a giant crayon …
But basically it’s a metallic wax (although there are a couple of non-metallic options as well) that comes in crayon form.
I used the Gold Leaf crayon on the knobs for my Lake Superior credenza.
Since the credenza already had some brassy gold trim on the top drawers (plus some brassy feet), I decided to stick with a gold metallic for the knobs. I originally purchased these knobs from Hobby Lobby …
They really looked fabulous on the credenza. The gold worked beautifully with that trim. But they simply wouldn’t stay straight, no matter how much I tightened the base, that lucite and gold cross piece would always continue to turn. I could just imagine how annoying this would be to live with for the final owner of the credenza. So they are going back to the store.
When those didn’t work out, I remembered that I had these arrow knobs (also purchased at Hobby Lobby). But they weren’t gold, they were black-ish (they call it ‘bronze pewter’ on the Hobby Lobby website). No problem! I pulled out the Gold Leaf Goat Stick and got to work.
To begin with you have to remove the hard outer layer on the Goat Stick. You can sort of peel it away, but I just rubbed mine on some paper until I got to the softer wax underneath.
By the way, the Goat Sticks are self sealing after 24 hours, so you’ll do this each time you use it.
For my knobs, I then just ‘colored’ the gold right onto them with the crayon. However, I then found that it needed some additional blending so I used a q-tip to blend the wax and smooth it into the groves of the feather tips a bit more.
Since the Gold Leaf was so much fun to play with, I decided to try some of the other colors that Little Billy Goat sent me. I really love the Old Penny. With copper becoming so popular, I’m sure this will be a top seller. In hindsight, the copper would have been an awesome choice on my Lake Superior Blue credenza.
I experimented with Old Penny and a couple of other colors on some old lion’s head drawer pulls that I had on hand.
That’s Silver Dollar, Gunmetal and Old Penny (from left to right).
I have to admit, I still enjoy playing with crayons!
One thing that I want to be sure and point out is that it takes about 24 hours for the wax to dry and seal itself. When you first put it on it is malleable and blend-able … which also can translate to ‘wipe-off-able’. When using it, be sure to blend it to the point where you like the result and then don’t mess with it for 24 hours because you can rub it off during that period.
In addition to metallics, the Goat Sticks also come in Cream and Saddle (a medium brown). They can be used on wood, plastic, metal, paper and fabric. You could use them on wood trim (I’m going to experiment with the Cream on some wood trim later this week). There are so many possibilities for these. If you are local, you can find them at Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater where they are priced at $14/each. If you’re not local, check out Little Billy Goat’s site to find a retailer near you.
Or better yet, I’m giving away a Saddle and a Gunmetal. So if you like to play with crayons too, leave me a comment by Friday at midnight and I’ll put your name in the hat to win this pair!