Mrs. Goldfinger gilded her vintage paint box to give it an extra oomph!
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HERE IS HOW IT
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1) First I gave my paint box a red base-coat (Venetian Red) specially made for gold leaf.("Old World Art" no. 801)
It's a water-based acrylic base coat with no fillers or matting agents. I used it to seal and prepare the surface for the adhesive providing a very authentic red color to show through the cracks in the leaf.
2) After 60 minutes I applied a
thin coat of GOLD LEAF ADHESIVE
(Brand:Mona Lisa or Old World
with a brush.
As the glue dries it will change from a milky white to clear.
After completely dry (60 minutes) you may begin leafing.
3) It is hard to work with! The
gold leaves will stick to anything
they touch, making it very tricky to
Each leaf is bound into a small booklet from which I lifted carefully -with clean dry hands- a sheet of composition gold leaf and apply it to the sticky adhesive surface.
Some overlapping is alright.
4) When surface is completely
covered, gently smooth out the leaf
with a small soft brush.
Fine cracks and spots of the red base coat will show through in places where gold leaf has torn.
This is desirable to give the authentic "Old World Art" appearance.
Large spots however may be patched with small pieces.
Remove excess leaf with a soft brush with smooth, soft and gentle stroking.
Burnish gently with a cheese cloth pad until smooth.
5) Apply "Satin Sealer" as a final
If you desire an antique look, complete your project with "Antique Glaze" and another coat of Satin Sealer.
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