Venetian Gem®


For a beautiful Venetian Plaster finish try pre-colored Venetian Gem plaster. Venetian Gem is a marble plaster formulated to produce high quality Venetian plaster finishes. It is a light bodied, creamy plaster material that is easy to apply because of its finer consistency.  This product was specially developed for both the professional faux and decorative artist. This versatile Venetian plaster can be layered with other Faux Effects® products to create rustic old world plaster finishes or when used alone can be burnished to emit the classic, polished Venetian plaster shine with very little effort, using cheesecloth or a plastic/stainless steel trowel.  Smooth, uniformly glossy, marble-like surfaces can be created as well as the traditional matte/high shine plaster variation.

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Approved Application Area Walls, Ceilings
Application Method Troweled
Clean Up Soap & Water
Approved Climate Rating Interior
Consistency (Density) Medium Plaster
Available Sizes & Square Footage 1 Gallon Pail- 101 – 200
Durability Medium Traffic- Withstands normal wear & tear
Finish Texture Smooth (Paint Like)
Intermix No
Manufacturer Faux Effects International
Product Line Silver Line
Sheen (Finish) Matte (Flat)
Shelf Life 120 – 365 Days
Approved Substrate Primed Drywall, Painted Drywall
Suggested Additives No
  • If a super smooth finish is desired, all surfaces from the substrate through to the final layer must be smooth.
  • Two colors of Venetian Gem® or more may be applied at one time. Be careful not to over blend.
  • Venetian Gem® contains large amounts of natural ground pigments. The color may be altered slightly using FauxCreme Color™. Do not add more than 12 oz. of colorant per gallon.
  • For drastic color adjustments it is best to inter-mix the pre-existing Venetian Gem® colors and then modify slightly using the colorants.
  • Venetian Gem® is excellent over textured surfaces such as Sandstone™, PlasterTex®, True Tint Stone™ as well as many other Faux Effects® products.
  • Thin Venetian Gem® with water and trowel through a StencilFX stencil to create a plaster architectural/dimensional relief.
  • Burnishing Venetian Gem® before applying Venetian Gem® Clear Gloss Coat or Venetian Gem® Finish Coat will create more depth in the finish.
  • Venetian Gem® may be embellished with several other products in the Venetian Gem® series. Other products in the series are: Venetian Gem® Gloss Coat, Venetian Gem® Finish Coat, Venetian Gem Bellissimo® and Venetian Gem® Hi-Lite. For application instructions regarding other products in the Venetian Gem® series, please refer to the individual product application sheets.
  • The following materials may be added to Venetian Gem® to create different looks: Water (for thinning); CrackleMate®/CrackleAdd™ for crackling Venetian Gem®; Olde World Lime Paint & Wash™ to create a harder finish with more shine (do not use FauxColor™ in this application); Olde World Fresco™–add 10–30% for easier workability and a fast soft shine (good for large areas especially when applied over PlasterTex®).
  • Ensure that the surface is clean and free of dust, grease, etc. Apply at least one coat of Setcoat® allowing 2-4 hours to dry between coats. For best results allow to dry overnight before applying Venetian Gem®. Choose a base color that is similar to the selected Venetian Gem® hue for easy and less need product coverage.
  • Using a thin flexible application trowel (stainless steel or plastic) apply Venetian Gem® over the entire surface. This first coat should be applied as smoothly as possible; however, air pitting and graceful trowel lines or skip toweling are permitted in this first base layer.
  • Natural imperfections will enhance the color patterns when the Venetian Gem® material is burnished during the final stages. Each light coat of Venetian Gem® will dry in approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Apply additional thin coats of Venetian Gem® (in the same hue or a complimentary color/tone). Working in small sections at a time, randomly skip trowel the material over the finish. When this layer has dried, this process may be repeated until the desired look is achieved. Try to avoid creating obvious patches, but rather interlace the colors as you go.
  • Once all the layers are completely dry, the material is ready to be polished. The final burnish is achieved by laying the trowel at a 45º angle and applying pressure as the trowel is moved across the surface. Repeat this procedure until the desired shine is achieved. A stainless steel/wooden or plastic trowel will work best for this procedure. Wet/dry fine sanding with 1000-1200 grit black finishing paper will make the final burnishing procedure easier.
  • *Alternate Two Color Application Method – Working in sections, apply a full coat of a single color of Venetian Gem® to the wall. While this layer is still wet, switch to your second color. Randomly skip trowel small areas of your second color into the wet plaster surface carefully blending and interlacing the colors together. More than one color may be used; however, remember to work wet into wet and do not apply too thickly. Once this is dry additional layers may be added to embellish the look.
  • V.O.C. Compliant
  • Durable finish
  • High hide for deep and mid-tone colors
  • Mix well prior to use
  • Do not apply in temperatures under 55°F, or in damp, cold or humid conditions.
  • Technical product- training through Faux Masters Studio workshop recommended

If burnishing technique is applied to Venetian Gem®, it will leave areas of the plaster glossy and reflective.

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