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Step-by-step gilding tutorials tips and
techniques

Antiquing glaze creates the soft glow of slightly tarnished silver.

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Gilding Books!

Gilding: The Glory of Gold


Gilding:
The Glory of Gold

Turn almost any object into a gold-plated work of art. Colorful and simple instructions make it easy. Start with the surfaces that are easiest for gilding--wood, then plastic, then stainless steel, glass, and ceramic. Along with projects come practical tips and imaginative suggestions for both small- and large-scale techniques, so you can either add light detailing or go for a total transformation.

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Complete
Gilding Kit

Includes all the tools and materials to apply imitation gold leaf. Set contains one 4 oz. bottle of Gilding Size, natural hair brush, cotton and mixing sticks, wet/dry paper and book of leaf. Water-based. Each book contains 25 leaves.
Each leaf is 5.5" x 5.5" square. Approx coverage is 5.25 sq. ft.

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How to Gold Leaf How to Imitation Gold Leaf
How to Silver Leaf How to Apply Dutch Gold
How to Gild on Glass How to Apply Composition Leaf
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How to apply leaf to Ceiling and walls
Exterior Gold Leafing Techniques
Gilding over Metal Surfaces - Bronze, brass, steel, iron, aluminum
Gilding over Stone Surfaces - Marble, Granite, Sandstone, Concrete, Brick

 

New! Video Tutorials

New! Video Tutorials

3 hour oil size gilding

This detailed demonstration shows you how to apply genuine gold, silver, imitation gold, aluminum and copper leaf to objects and furniture using the classic 3 hour oil size method. Brought to you by the folks at gildedplanet.com, you'll learn about types of adhesive, tacking and drying rates, easy leaf application tips and cleaning and burnishing the leaf.

 

Different leaf types

What type of leaf should i use?

Learn the difference between loose leaf, patent leaf, transfer leaf and ribbon leaf. It's all in the packaging.

Advanced gilding tutorials at the artSparx Gilded Corner.

Exterior Gilding

Exterior Gold Leafing Techniques
Practical information for completing your exterior gilding project with expertise, and durability.

Purchase Ribbon Leaf for large area surfaces!

Gilded Ceilings
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Gilded Ceiling Tutorials
Gilding Ceilings and large area surfaces like walls has never been easier. Learn how now!

 

 

Transform everyday objects into heirlooms.
The process known as Gilding simply means the application of
gold or silver leaf to a surface that has been properly prepared with
an adhesive known as 'gold size'. 
 

Gilding terms

Bole - Traditionally, bole is a term that identifies a pigmented clay. This clay acts as the base, or cushion, for the subsequent layer of gold leaf. Classically terre-cotta in color, the clay can be built up quickly, then polished to a very smooth surface. 

Contemporary gilding does not use clay, but simulates the effect by adding a colored paint that replicates the clay effect.

Size - General term used to identify the adhesive that attaches the leaf to a surface. 

There are different types of size, depending on the form of gilding. 

Traditional Water gilding uses a gelatin size.
Oil gilding (most common ) uses a oil-based size.
Acrylic gilding  uses a water based size.

Holiday - A gilders term that refers to an area were the leaf did not initially adhere.

Tack - Refers to the state of the adhesive size. Proper tack for gilding is the point when the size is not longer wet, but not fully dry, hence it is 'tacky' or just slightly sticky.

Skewings - The bits of leaf that are left over after a surface has been completely gilded. Skewings can be saved for other projects, making excellent fillers for patching holidays.
 

Venetian Plaster Effect Kits

 

Venetian Plaster Kit
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Marmorino Kit
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MarmoFloat Kit 1
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Silver leafing techniques

Gold leafing techniques




Silver Leafing

& Aluminum Leafing


Silver leafing can add charm
and personality to even the most
ordinary objects.


Gold Leafing
Composition & Imitation Gold Leafing

Gold Leafing might be just the right
accent you're looking for! These straight forward step-by-step methods helps
get the job done right.



Know your materials - understand your methods....

Applying the right base color is an essential step for creating proper tone and luster for any gilding project. Should it be black, yellow, blue, red or even green? All these colors might work, but which one is right for you?


Appling gold, silver or copper leaf can be fun, just keep that
fan off and the windows closed...



Gently applying Silver leaf.
Hold firmly and carefully attach leaf to surface.

Complete the process with the perfect antique glaze.

Create the soft glow of slightly tarnished silver, or a rustic antique appearance straight from the hills of Tuscany.

Aluminum Leaf


Dutch Gold or
composition leaf


Aluminum Leaf imitates the illusion of genuine Silver, at a fraction of the cost. Each individual sheet is bigger and easier to handle then its genuine counter part.

Purchase Aluminum Leaf
Purchase 23 kt. Leaf

The same applies for 'Dutch Gold', or 'Composition Leaf'. But due to the large brass content, this imitation gold must have a sealer applied to prevent tarnishing, unlike genuine gold leaf.

Purchase Composition Leaf
Purchase 23 kt. Leaf

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