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Step-by-step gilding tutorials tips and
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Gilded Ceilings
& large surface areas

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

Purchase Ribbon Leaf for large area surfaces!
 

 

Venetian Plaster Kits

Venetian Plaster and Plaster wall effects

The Venetian Plaster Kit comes complete with everything you need to get started. It is a perfect way for you to learn the basics of Venetian Plaster application on a professional level. Why wait. Prepare yourself today for this booming new trend.

Also visit the Venetian Plaster
Step-by-step tutorials
 


Gilder's Squirrel mop 3 inch

Ultra soft squirrel hair brush - ideal for polishing gilded surfaces.

3 inch - $ 51.00

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Gilding Books!

Gilding: Easy Techniques & Elegant Projects With Metal Leaf

Gilding:
Easy Techniques & Elegant Projects With Metal Leaf

Decorating with gold accents can add sophistication, dimension, and importance, not just to the object it embellishes, but to an entire room.
 
Item # 3800

$ 24.95

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Exterior Gilding

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

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Aluminum Leafing Techniques
Imitation Silver Leaf

The Gilded Planet partners with artSparx.com to bring you
Gilding Basics 101.
An on-line step-by-step educational series offering precise gilding tutorials and gilding information for the beginner, intermediate and advanced gilder.

For additional information, including images, video clips, terminology and detailed descriptions of each step involved visit the artSparx advanced gilding tutorials at the artSparx Gilded Corner.

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1. Prepare work area
2. Prime surface
3. Apply 'bole' color
4. Apply adhesive 'size'

5. Testing the 'tack'
6. Apply Aluminum leaf
7. Burnish Leaf
8. Repairing Holidays
9. Seal and protect leaf
10. Apply antique glaze

 

Step 1:  Prepare work area: Cover working surfaces and floor areas with drop cloths or newspaper. Use low-tack painters tape to mask any areas not to be gilded. Lightly sand the surface if necessary with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any blemishes.

Step 2: Prime surface:  Remove sanding dust with a tack cloth and apply a quality primer like Burnish Sealer. This primer-sealer has been specially formulated for gilding processes and is available in 3 color tones - Red, Grey and Ochre. Burnish Sealer produces a high quality, smooth surface for gilding. Ochre, red or grey can produce fault hiding bases or color enhancing undertones.

For more information on the use and application of primers refer to the artSparx.com basic preparation resource.

Step 3: Apply 'bole' color:  This base color is also referred to as the 'Bole' color. Traditionally, bole was made from clay. Today paint is typically substituted.

Note: when using the Burnish Sealer it is generally not necessary to apply an additional 'bole' color over the primer sealer. This product is available in 3 colors. One can experiment with different colors and your choice will affect the overall appearance of the finished product.
Visit the Gilded Planet Bole color center for more color ideas.

Step 4: Apply adhesive 'size'.  Size refers to the adhesive used to adhere the leaf to a surface. There are different kinds of size adhesive dependant on the finished look you desire. For most common gilding practices there is a choice of sizing available, water-based or oil-based. Apply carefully and evenly, working the size to an even film as much as possible. Visit the Size and adhesive center for detailed use and product information, including drying and tack times.

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Aqua Size  comes to tack in 25 minutes and stays open for 36 hours. Do not dilute Aqua Size as it is meant to be used full strength. Aqua size will cure to a hard surface.
 
4 oz $ 7.50
item # GS/4oz

Aquasize water based adhesive - Gallom

8 oz $ 12.95
item# DWS/8oz
Aquasize water based adhesive - Quart
1 Pint $ 16.25
item# DWS/P

Aquasize water based adhesive - Pint

1 Quart $ 25.50
item # DWS/Q

Aquasize water based adhesive - 8 oz.

1 Gallon $ 78.00
item # DWS/GAL

Aquasize water based adhesive - 4oz.

Can be shipped for overnight delivery!

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Step 5: Testing your 'tack' - This is perhaps the most important phase in achieving a properly gilt surface, and determining the proper 'tack' time of adhesive sizing will result in the professional finish you are after. As your 'size' dries it naturally goes from a wet to a dry state. The proper time to apply your leaf is when the 'size' is not wet but 'tacky', just before it dries completely.

To learn more about proper tack times, and testing your size to determine if it is ready to receive Aluminum Leaf, visit the artSparx advanced gilding tutorials at the artSparx Gilded Corner.

Aluminum Leaf Packs

Pack of 20 leaf books - 500 leaves. Each leaf is 5.5" x 5.5".
Approx. coverage is 100 sqft.

Exclusive import - China

Aluminum Leaf Pack
Item #: 2140GPS
$59.00

Step 6: Applying Aluminum Leaf

Surface leaf: Placing a book of leaf in your hand, carefully fold back the protective paper to expose the Aluminum Leaf. Lay the leaf onto the sized area and 'roll' out the leaf. Hold firmly and carefully.  Attach leaf to surface.

Patent Leaf: Carefully remove a single sheet of Aluminum Leaf transfer paper and gently apply to your surface. Rub over the back of the paper with a gilder's brush, or gently with your fingers. Carefully remove the paper to leave the gold leaf adhered to the surface. Continue in this manner.

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 $103.50

  

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Patent Leaf

item # N2140/PA
20 books = 500 leaves
$168.00 

Aluminum Leaf in Rolls

Aluminum Leaf Kits

Step 7: 'Burnishing' the leaf -After the leaf is laid on, rub gentle  and thoroughly with a soft squirrel or goat mop gilder's brush to insure complete adhesion.

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Step 8: Touching up 'holidays' in the leaf surface. Touch up any 'holidays', areas that are missing leaf due to lack of sufficient sizing or from leafed areas that may have torn away during burnishing. For details on this procedure visit the artSparx advanced gilding tutorials at the artSparx Gilded Corner.

Step 9: Seal and protect the gilded surface

It is recommended that you apply a protective coat of sealer over your Aluminum Leaf. A sealer insures durability of the leaf, particularly in high traffic areas or for heavy use objects and furniture.  Specially formulated for use over genuine or metal leaf surfaces, 'Acrylic Topcoat' is a non-reactive, premium water clear sealer for genuine and metal leaf. Made from acrylic copolymers, Acrylic Topcoat provides protection from abrasion, water and ultra violet light. This solvent based sealer resists chemicals and may be applied by brush or spray. Available in Gloss and Satin finishes.


Elegantly gilt plaster medallions, moldings. cornices and trim.
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Step 10: Apply antique glaze - OPTIONAL

Antiquing and aging your leafed surface adds character and old world charm. For antiquing recipes for gilded surfaces visit the artSparx Antiquing Center.

 

These step-by-step
Gilding tutorials includes:

  • Insuring your leafed surface is ready to be antiqued.

  • Antiquing and aging your leafed surface.

  • Using oil-based or acrylic based paints

  • Color mixing recipe

  • Application Procedures

  • Clean up and detailing your object.

Learn how now

 

For more detailed gilding methods, photos, tips and techniques visit the gilding tutorials at artSparx Gilded Corner.
 

Sepp Metal Composition Leaf  books gold pack of 20

Metal Leaf Sample Pack!

1 book Imitation Gold Leaf
1 book Aluminum Leaf
1 book Copper Leaf

$ 19.50

Item #  metal_sampPK

Patent Leaf Sample Pack

1 book Patent Imitation Gold Leaf
1 book Patent Aluminum Leaf
1 book Patent Copper Leaf

$ 36.50

Item #  metal_sampPA

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Individual books

Made from various metallic alloys that simulate gold or silver. Items covered with imitation leaf will tarnish unless they are varnished or sealed. Sheets of imitation leaf are approximately 5.5 in. x 5.5 in. 25 sheets per book, 20 books to a pack. Copper leaf is genuine copper.

Imitation Dutch Gold Leaf - $ 7.00
Aluminum Leaf - $ 7.00
Copper Leaf - $ 7.75
Gilding Kits - Imitation Gold Leaf,
Aluminum Leaf or Copper - $ 28.95

Step-by-Step Tutorials

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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Advanced Gilding Tutorials How to Copper 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 Size 4oz. container
Water-based

This Gilding Size (adhesive) is designed for all interior leafing projects and is ideally suited for application on paper, cardboard, plastic and wood. Gilding Size comes to tack in 25 minutes and stays open for 36 hours. Do not dilute Aqua Size as it is meant to be used full strength. Aqua size will cure to a hard surface. Water based.
More Adhesive Sizing

4 oz $ 7.50
item # GS/4oz

Aquasize water based adhesive - Gallom

8 oz $ 12.95
item# DWS/8oz
Aquasize water based adhesive - Quart
1 Pint $ 16.25
item# DWS/P

Aquasize water based adhesive - Pint

1 Quart $ 25.50
item # DWS/Q

Aquasize water based adhesive - 8 oz.

1 Gallon $ 78.00
item # DWS/GAL

Aquasize water based adhesive - 4oz.

Gilding Size 4oz. container
Oil-based

This oil-based Gilding Size (adhesive) is designed for all interior leafing projects and is ideally suited for furniture, picture frames and objects made from plastic and wood. Gilding Size comes to tack in 2 hours and stays open for up to 4 hours.
More Adhesive Sizing

item # LA/4oz

$ 7.95

Acrylic Clear Coat Sealer

This Acrylic Topcoat Sealer is a non-reactive, premium water clear sealer for genuine and metal leaf. Made from acrylic copolymers, Acrylic Topcoat provides protection from abrasion, water and ultra violet light.
 
item # ACC/4oz

$ 7.95

temporarily out of stock

 

   

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.
 

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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