Hello friends! The week has been pretty rainy over here, so my motivation level has been lacking. I have made it out on my training runs, but after that, I’m done for the day. Until the Sun comes out, I’ll just brighten my day with my latest creation: a gold leaf decorated vase. I used three different gold leaf techniques to create a complete look. Sometimes it was quite messy, but I loved the end result.
The materials needed are: a plain vase, gold leaf adhesive, gold leaf sheets, metal flakes, leafing finish, sealer, brush, sponge applicator, and scissors. I used the Mona Lisa brand pen and leaf sheet set, gold metal flakes, and the Precious Metals leafing finish.
Technique 1: Gold Leaf Flakes. This is the messy one. It’s pretty simple though. First, prep your surface by applying adhesive with the pen and let dry for about 5 minutes. Drying time is essential as it makes the glue sticky. Then, place your flakes on the prepped area and wait for them to set and adhere. With a soft brush, remove excess flakes. Repeat as necessary. I just did a few sections of the lid at a time.
I say this is the messy part because these flakes are so light that if you even breathe their way, you’ll have gold leaf flakes all over the place. Messy.
Technique 2: Leafing Finish. If necessary, tape off section not to be painted to create edge.
With a sponge applicator, apply leafing finish. Since my surface was shiny, I had to do two coats. For the first coat, I just sponged it on and let it dry.
Once that first coat was tacky, I brushed on a second coat and took the tape off while the finish was still wet.
Finally, I cleaned up the edges with some cotton swabs dipped in water.
Technique 3: Gold Leaf Sheets. You can use the sheets whole or cut them to different shapes. I decided to cut them out in a scale-ish design. Once ready, place adhesive with the pen, let dry 5 minutes, attach leaf paper side up, press to set and pull of paper. Once again, I did it in sections.
If you don’t let the adhesive dry enough, the leaf won’t adhere to the vase. In this case, I liked the rougher look so I went with it. I just wanted to note that in case you’re looking for a “filled in” shape.
To finish it off, I placed a strip of adhesive along the edge of the copper finish and placed some gold flakes along it. With the brush, I I very slightly brushed over the area and small pieces attached to the sticky adhesive around the scales.
Time to finish the piece up. With a clean brush, apply sealant over the whole piece.
It will apply kinda white, but will dry clear.
Use it for storage or just as decoration.
Whatever you do, have fun!