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Hints and Tips Gilding Gold Leaf Paint

GILDING is the application of very thin sheets of gold metal leaf #goldleaf : gold metal leaf #goldleaf : Click here to buy
to any firm surface, used in picture frame restoring.
Gold leaf

New colour range available Aquamarine - Blue Green pastel, Royal Amethyst- Lustrous purple, Olive Bronze- moss green, Emerald Green- green metallic, Sapphire - silvery cobalt blue, Rose Quartz - shimmering rose, Onyxite - Coppery black, Ruby - fire red metallic
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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.


After preparing the surface apply one or two coats of bole, ( traditionally used to create the eggshell  paint applied beneath the gilded surface), or for modern gilding acrylic paint acts as a satisfactory basecoat.

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 .


Size is either a water or oil based adhesive used as a mordant to attach metal leaf to a surface. A water based size dries quickly and has a usable tack life. An example of a water based size is
Gedeo Gilding Paste,
Eberhard by Staedtler or alternatively an acrylic medium or a good PVA glue thinned to a milky consistency can be used.

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.

Once the size is tacky place the gold leaf on the object and brush it gently with a very soft brush. Lay the next sheet of leaf down so that it overlaps slightly, and repeat until the surface is covered. When applying to raised surfaces you may need to use small pieces of leaf to fill crevices first, and use a soft bristle brush to tamp the leaf into the grooves. To get a shiny metal finish use a burnisher - a pen like tool with a smooth agate stone as a point.
Burnishing Pencil Information Hints and Tips

Brush Cleaning : white spirit can be used to clean brushes , Xylene is a stronger dilutant

Gold leafing as used in Calligraphy  

Milliput epoxy resin putty surface preparation, Click here for Milliput website

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superfine white milliput epoxy resin putty Superfine - White  
For the restoration of porcelain and other ceramics for the repair of antiques, objects d'art, Victorian dolls, picture frame mouldings, etc. For sculpting and modelling. For the repair of white domestic chinaware and for filling scores and dents in white domestic equipment e.g. washing machines, refrigerators, etc.
Staedtler EASY METAL
Golden eggs
gold leaf
Material & supplies
You will need 1 pack of EASY METAL leaf metal in gold (no. 8780-11), size (no. 8782 BK), shellac . In addition, you will need 2 - 3 whisky tumblers, several blown-out brown chicken eggs, 1 broad soft hair brush for applying the leaf metal with, 1 bristle brush for sweeping off with, 1 flat brush for applying the size and shellac with and a little nitro-thinner for cleaning the brushes.
 guilding gold leaf
Step 1

gold leaf information
EASY METAL only sticks to surfaces previously coated with size. To make the golden lanterns, evenly apply a thin coat of size as far up the sides of the glasses as required and to their bases. Leave to dry for approx. 15 minutes until the milky colour turns clear.
Step 2
gold leaf guilding Now carefully place a sheet of EASY METAL over the coated glass and press on well using the broad hair brush. Proceed bit by bit until you have covered all the areas covered in size with gold. You may find it easier to divide the leaf metal up into smaller pieces.
Step 3
gold leaf hints and tips Hint: Use the harder bristle brush to sweep any excess leaf metal off the glass.
Step 4
gold leaf To prevent air humidity causing the golden coating to darken, you need to protect the leaf metal with a coat of shellac. Then allow everything to dry.
Step 5
gold leaf Follow the same procedure for the golden eggs as for the lanterns! Begin by applying a layer of size to all of the areas on the eggs you want to cover in gold. Use a small brush if you want to write or make patterns on the eggs! Leave everything to dry! Then, as already described in steps 3 to 5, place the leaf metal on top, sweep off any excess and go over again with a coat of shellac.
EASY METAL adds a touch of class to greeting cards too! Simply draw your design on with size using a brush > and, once dry, add the leaf metal as described above. It is not really  necessary to add a protective coat of shellac here.   EASY METAL is also available in silver, copper, abalone and multi-coloured versions. With imitation leaf metal, you can add a sophisticated touch to existing deco objects both quickly and effectively, e.g. picture and mirror frames, candlesticks, lamp shades, serviette rings, vases ?
It is ideal for picture frame restoration work.

Idea, realisation, photo styling and text:

Hufnagel-Design, Forchheim.


Burger Studios Fuerth

Antique Gold patinating wax 37 ml tube Antique Gold patinating wax 37 ml tube Ref: 7581

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.

Manufactured by Pebeo Deco   Ref. 7581    9130
Gilding gold leaf colour Charts
Gold imitation flakes Gold imitation flakes Ref: 7582

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.

Nail Art Technicians Glitter Gold Flakes

Manufactured by Pebeo Deco   Ref. 7582    9421

Gold Leaf


How to Gild a Table



online discount for Treasure Liquid Leaf in bottle or wax form

Treasure Liquid Leaf in bottle or wax form

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Rub n' Buff 15ml tube gold leaf wax

  Rub n Buff 15 ml

in bottle or wax form

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Gedeo verdigris patina system

Verdigris Patina Fixative

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


Verdigris Patina System
200 ml spray tin , Varnishes improve the qualities of resistance to ageing of acrylic colours, harmonize the difference in brilliance in the picture and increase the depth of the colours. When the colour is applied very thickly, wait 1 to 2 weeks before varnishing the work, suitable to varnish gold leaf. gold leag matt varnish spray

Treasure sealer  60 ml

60 ml Ref: 3173

1 x bottle 60 ml

This product is specifically made as a protective coating for liquid leaf, treasure gold and jewels. It is waterproof, clear and non-yellowing and also provides an excellent exterior hard varnish.
Can be used on fabric, prints, ceramics (non-fired), plastic, leather furniture, wallpaper and straw.
Can also be used to prevent gold paint from tarnishing. Drying time 30 minutes.
Liquid Leaf is a gilding paint that contains its own red primmer and a film of lustrous gold, pre-mixed into a single liquid.
An effective finish for use on carved and ornamental furniture, frames, mouldings, decorative ceilings, lamps, figurines and objects.
Flows easily onto the surface with no brush marks, forming a beautiful lustrous finish that resembles traditional gold leaf.
It is so controllable, it can be used with a striping brush or ruling pen for fine lines and scrolls.
When dry can be buffed with a soft cloth or toned down with a used shoe polish brush

Manufacturer: Conoisseur Studio

Ref. 3173
Water based Gloss Varnish 35ml protects from heat and frost

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