Applying Genuine Gold leaf or Imitation Gold leaf to metal surfaces.
Apply genuine gold, silver, imitation gold, aluminum and copper leaf metal surfaces. Interior and exterior surfaces, you'll learn about types of adhesive, tacking and drying rates, easy leaf application tips and cleaning and burnishing the leaf.
A step-by-step educational series for metal surfaces.
For metal surfaes including Bronze - Iron - Brass - Stainless Steel - Copper.
These simple Gilded Planet guidelines will help you produce a professionally finished gilded project. Gilding tutorials and gilding information for the beginner, intermediate and advanced gilder.
|It is necessary to apply a high quality metal primer over your metal surface to insure the gold layer has a stong bonding surface as well as an appropriate surface for the gold to rest upon.
We recommend a product specially formulated for exterior gilding on metal. The 'Burnish Sealer' is a primer-sealer specially designed for use under gilding size (adhesive). It is available in 3 colors, Red, Gray and Ochre. For traditional gilding use either Red or Ochre colors as a base for genuine gold leaf. This product creates a high quality, smooth surface for gilding.
|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. When applying Genuine Gold, Silver or Metal leaf over metal, LeFranc Mixtion 3 hour or 12 hour size is recommended. This is a traditional, clear, natural, oil based size made in France. LeFranc has earned the reputation of being the best oil size available and experienced Gilders request LeFranc for their most important projects.
Apply carefully and evenly, working the size to an even film as much as possible. Watch for 'pooling' in ornamental surfaces and recessed areas. Watch our 'Gilding on metal surfaces' video tutorial for detailed use and product information, including drying and tack times for oil size.
|When applying leafing products to interior metal surfaces any karat of gold may be used and should be determined by the final color, luster and treatment required for your project. You may view different types of gold by visiting our Gold Color charts. The Gilded Planet color charts are hand made using actual leaf samples, oil gilded on white paper. The gold charts indicate alloy, grams per 1000 leaves and fine gold content.|
A soft hair Squirrel mop brush is recommended to remove excess leaf and 'polish' the surface. Insure that there is full gold coverage on your object before cleaning with your mop brush. Once all the 'holidays' or gaps are filled with gold, use the mop brush to dust off any excess gold.
Be fairly comprehensve but leave a small amount of gold dust. In otherwords, don't give an aggressive 'polish' directly after applying the gold. The adhesive is still soft and your gold may dull if you over work the brush. Allow to set up over night then come back and complete the final 'burnishing' the next day. You can complete this process by using soft cotton, to remove any excess gold pieces and create the finished, burnished gold appearance.
|Gold Leaf Pack||3 3/8" x 3 3/8"||500 leaves||39.5 sqft.|
|Gold Leaf Book||3 3/8" x 3 3/8"||25 leaves||1.98 sqft.|
|Metal Leaf Pack||5 1/2" x 5 1/2"||500 leaves||100 sqft.|
|Metal Leaf Book||5 1/2" x 5 1/2"||25 leaves||5 sqft|
|Gold Leaf Master Roll||4 1/8" x 69 ft.||Master Roll||23.5 sqft.|
|Silver Leaf Master Roll||5 3/4" x 82 ft.||Master Roll||39 sqft.|
|Metal Leaf Roll 5 meter||6 1/4" sq. x 15 ft.||Master Roll||3 sqft.|
|Metal Leaf Roll 50 meter||6 1/4" x 164 ft||Master Roll||82 sqft.|
|Metal Leaf Roll 75 meter||6 1/4" x 246 ft.||Master Roll||123 sqft.|
Measurements are calculated without consideration for waste or overlap.
Leaf Size: Gold leaf is 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches square (85 mm x 85 mm) and is sold in units called packs, containing 500 leaves. A pack is divided into 20 books with each book containing 25 leaves.
Leaf size Chart!
For more information on leaf sizes visit Gilding Basics.