craquelure system

crack effect varnish

polyvine craquelure system
polyvine craquelure system
  • craquelure system
  • craquelure  base coat   100ml
  • craquelure  base coat  500ml
  • craquelure  top coat   100ml
  • craquelure  top coat  500ml
  • craquelure  top coat 1 litre
  • craquelure base coat 1 litre
  • craquelure highlighter

produces a cracked varnish effect for a traditional aged finish

By using a simple two part (base coat and top coat) clear acrylic system this varnish faithfully reproduces the regular crazed pattern associated with old porcelain glazes.
Please note that you need to buy both the base coat and the top coat to create the effect.
The crackle effect produced by craquelure can be accentuated with a crack highlighter which is available in either white or dark brown for a truly aged finish.

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SKU : EQB100
Price range : £4.75 to £25.85



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  •    craquelure top coat craquelure top coat
  •  craquelure base coat craquelure base coat
  •  craquelure light highlighter craquelure light highlighter
  • craquelure dark highlightercraquelure dark highlighter

Any colours shown are representations and should be used as guidance only.
Colours when applied will vary according to the material they are used on.

at a glance product info

unique qualities: • easy to apply • water based •  low odour • quick drying • wash brushes and tools in water

ideal for: antiquing • decoupage • small objects • picture frames • decorative finishes

available in: 100ml • 500ml • 1 litre

drying time: 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on temperature • coverage: 8 square metres per litre

crackle glaze and craquelure
how-to video

application and advice


Invert bottle to mix. Apply with a good quality brush. Craquelure performs very well between 16°c (60°f) and 21°c (70°f). Performance outside this range is impaired. Seal porous surfaces with the Top Coat before starting and allow to dry. Apply a liberal coating of Base Coat to the surface, avoiding brush marks and unevenness. Allow to dry – the milky appearance turns clear but the surface remains sticky. Apply a coating of Top Coat avoiding brush marks and unevenness. As the Top Coat dries, fine cracks will appear. If the temperature is too high, play a fan or cold hair dryer over the surface.
Use Polyvine Craquelure highlighter in dark or light to emphasise the craquelure effect - see swatches for effect.
For extra protection apply a coat of Top Coat.


Always try the technique on a test piece before embarking on the project. Walls and vertical surfaces need a lot of practice.


Protect from extremes of temperature during storage and application.

health, safety and the environment

Non-hazardous. Ensure good ventilation.
Keep out of reach of children. Contact with eyes - wash immediately with warm water. Remove excess from tools and mixing vessels before washing in warm soapy water. Do not empty into drains or watercourses.

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