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Gold Leafing

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My parents were antique dealers and restorers for many years, so at a young age I learned to cast a mold of just about anything, how to redo a piece of furniture and how to Gold/silver Leaf anything!
The first direction is "Patience"! without it your project will not come out as you hoped.... I use Gold Leaf from Italy, it is the best, but as a first timer you can purchase leaf in any art supply store, even Joann's and Michaels carry leaf.
First you size the entire piece, you can also purchase that at the art supply store, with a good brush, the piece will be very sticky. Wait about an hour or so then lightly place the sheet of leaf on, with a soft brush, dab at the leaf, don't worry about the pieces that fall you will use them! keep applying sheets, overlapping slightly, until the piece is covered. Use the small chards that fall to fill in in nooks and granny's...until the entire piece is to your liking. Wipe gently with a very soft rag, until all leaf has adhered and no chards are falling.
I wait at least 24 hrs. then Shellac the piece. This seals it. Allow that to dry for another day. then I antique it with a stain of your choice. I like my pieces to have a dark color to it. It makes the leaf pop. so I went with a dark stain. Plain stain. The Alcohol is for cleaning your brushes....You can leaf any surface, so if you have an old lamp that you love but hate the finish - leaf it! And gold leaf will last for decades.....

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  • Mary
    Mary Murrieta, CA
    on May 3, 2015

    Extremely elegant! And your patience is to be admired--the end result it certainly worth it!

  • Lois@Pineridge Hills
    Lois@Pineridge Hills Lehighton, PA
    on May 3, 2015

    Thank you Mary...but it really isn't that labor-intensive! in total maybe an hour's worth of actual labor.....and I use it as therapy after a hectic day, it actually calms me....and I too love the end-result.....thanks for stopping by .....

  • Mary schneider
    Mary schneider Lakeville, MN
    on May 3, 2015

    I did two tables but they are way too bright. I knew I had to stain them but could you give a little more info on that part? Do you use the stain full strength, what kind of stain and drying and brushing etc?

    • Lois@Pineridge Hills
      Lois@Pineridge Hills Lehighton, PA
      on May 4, 2015

      @Mary schneider Yes, Mary. I use the stain right fro the can. a small brush is usually good for the nooks an cranny's of the piece. If its a flat surface then I would use a soft rag.

  • Mary schneider
    Mary schneider Lakeville, MN
    on May 3, 2015

    I frogot to add thank you!

    • Lois@Pineridge Hills
      Lois@Pineridge Hills Lehighton, PA
      on May 3, 2015

      @Mary schneider Hi Mary! and your welcome! Staining will cut the brightness, I like my pieces on a darker side, so I use dark stain. your choice. I use regular stain, Minwax but with no sealer or anything else. Brush it on and then with a soft rag wipe it off to your liking. I usually wait a day or two before staining. to give the leaf a chance to really dry..If ever you think you missed a spot you can always "Touch Up" - size that area and do the process again....

  • Deanna Mills
    Deanna Mills East Saint Louis, IL
    on May 3, 2015

    Love your gold leaf.. When I was a child (I'm 73 now) My mother told me it I was going to do something, be willing to take my time and do it right, if I wasn't willing do give it my best, if wasn't worth doing. I find this is so true in so many things.

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