gold leaf instructions

Gold leaf instructions

Hints and Tips Gilding Gold Leaf Paint

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It is an old craft skill which traditionally has many trade secrets extensively used in decorative calligraphy. These notes are an introductory guide to modern practice and are no substitute for professional training.

1) PREPARATION (n.b. the gold will repeat the texture of the prepared surface.)

RAW WOOD – Sand smooth, apply a coat of sealer, sand once more lightly. For a smooth finish gesso can be applied to the sanded wood, sand between coats with a very fine grade sandpaper.

GLASS & VINYL – Make sure surfaces are free of dust, grit and oil based residue. Wipe over with methylated spirits.

PLASTER & TERRA-COTTA – Seal with two coats of sealer after thoroughly cleaning with either detergent and water or meths.

PREVIOUSLY PAINTED OR VARNISHED OBJECTS – A general clean and light sanding will suffice unless the paint is thick, uneven, or chipped. In this case the piece should be thoroughly stripped, then sealed.

Dilute the acrylic paint slightly with a matt medium so that the finish is less shiny, and ready to receive the size and leaf that will be applied .


A traditional oil based size such as Japan Gold Size works best on hard smooth surfaces but will take longer to dry sufficiently to accept the leaf.

Apply size over the bole/ acrylic painted base coat in smooth even strokes, avoiding puddles and runs, (as the leaf is wafer thin any marks underneath will be visible when finished). As the size dries it will become clear with a tacky consistency. To test if the size is ready to accept the leaf lightly press your knuckle to the surface, if it clicks when you pull it away it is ready. Do not test using your finger tip as it will leave a print that will show through the leaf, or will remove the size from that area. Size will remain tacky for some time, though if leaving overnight make sure the surface is covered and dust free.

4) APPLYING LEAF – the tricky bit – Gold coloured leaf is available in genuine gold and imitation leaf, the genuine leaf will be richer in colour and finish, different coloured metal leaves are also available. Leaf also comes loose or as transfer, (attached to tissue paper), making it easier to apply. Loose leaf requires special tools and skills therefore we advise that you start with transfer. Wear cotton gloves when handling to avoid tarnishing when working with silver or imitation gold, or rub talcum powder on your hands.

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1 x 37 ml The gilding wax consists of fine metal particles coated with a binder of wax and acrylic resign.

The combination of patinating bases and gilding waxes creates a rich range of classical or contemporary patinas.

Suitable for all types of surface, wood, plaster, cardboard, glass & metal.

Traditional range of Patina effects to create precious objects with delicate finish. It brings refinement and elegancy, romance and sweetness. Ideal for most objects and furniture. Apply with a flat brush for a clear defined patina or a cotton wick for a soft patina.

1 x box 120 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm

use with gilding paste over clean dry objects, wood plaster, glass, metal, cardboard etc, leave to dry for 15 minutes then apply with a soft brush can be varnished.

Suitable for all types of surface, wood, plaster, cardboard, glass & metal.

Ideal for most objects and furniture.

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Verdigris Patina Fixative

Solvant-based varnish,
fixative protects
and fixes the verdigris patina

1 x Waterbased Gloss Varnish 35ml

Fimo polymer clay modelling and gold leaf varnish which also protects against heat and frost

quick dry / touch dry in 20 minutes permanent in 24 hours

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For further information and help please telephone 01524 68014 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday – Saturday
or email [email protected]

Registered Office:
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How to Apply Gold Leaf

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Gold leaf is gold that’s been hammered into a thin foil and is usually sold in sheets or rolls. It’s often used to decorate picture frames, books, and even food. Gilding is the process of applying gold leaf. It requires specialized supplies, such as gilder’s primer and a leather gilding cushion, and consists of several steps involving sticky and delicate materials. However, gilding is actually quite easy to master. All you need are an object to gild and some patience.

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To apply gold leaf, start by brushing on a layer of Gilder’s primer over the area you want to gild, followed by a layer of gilding adhesive. While the adhesive is drying, cut the leaf into smaller pieces to make it easier to work with. Then, remove the leaf from the tissue paper backing, lay it over your object, and place the tissue backing on top of the gold. Press down on the tissue paper with your finger to remove any air pockets, then smooth out the leaf with a gilder’s brush. Finally, seal the gold leaf with an acrylic topcoat to protect the leaf from damage. To learn more, including how to give your gilded surface an antique look, scroll down.

Gold leaf is gold that's been hammered into a thin foil and is usually sold in sheets or rolls. It's often used to decorate picture frames, books, and even food. Gilding is the process of applying gold leaf. It requires specialized…