(Also known as "Dutch Metal")
ORDER, please call Steve Martinez at (718)
815-8802, or send a FAX to (718)
Gold Leaf "Packs" & "Books"
Leaf - Pack
1/2" x 5 1/2"
Leaf - Book
1/2" x 5 1/2"
Note: Imitation Silver and Aluminum Leaf are the same product.
Imitation Gold Leaf and Silver Leaf must be sealed or will tarnish! For indoor use only!
CHEST & MIRROR
Imitation Gold Leaf: Gilding
Gilding adds luxury.
It provides a wonderful base on which to
display an intricate cut-out, and will lift a
more simple one. As the gilding in this
book is used for a background effect and
is not being applied to an antique object,
Dutch metal leaf is used rather than real
gold leaf, which is more expensive and
more difficult to use.
1 Paint the base with a layer of acrylic primer.
Leave to dry, sand lightly, then use a tack-rag to remove
any dust particles.
Then paint on two coats of reddish-brown emulsion
(latex) paint, sanding and tackragging after
the second coat to ensure a smooth surface.
Paint on a thin layer of water-based
size, making sure that all areas to be
gilded are completely covered. Leave to
dry for 15-30 minutes until the size appears clear.
Remove a sheet of leaf from the book
- do not remove its waxed backing.
Try not to handle it too much; you may
find it helps to wear cotton gloves. If
necessary, cut the square of leaf with sharp
scissors to a size marginally bigger than
the area you want to cover. Gently lift the
leaf by its backing and lower it on to the
surface. Check its position carefully as,
once it is laid, it cannot be repositioned.
Press the leaf down by smoothing over the
backing with your fingers, then lift off the
waxed paper and discard. Cover the
remaining areas in the same way, cutting
the leaf and overlapping the joins.
Once you have completely covered the piece,
take a gilder's mop (tip) or a wad of cotton wool
and smooth over all surfaces, paying particular
attention to the overlapping edges. These should be
smoothed over in one direction only.
Attempt to remove the lines where the leaf
joins as much as
possible. At this stage, the aim is to ensure
that all the leaf has adhered, rather than to
remove any surplus.
Leave the size to dry thoroughly
overnight. Then use the gilder's mop
(tip) to remove the surplus leaf with a
light circular brushing motion. If there are
any bare areas, these can be covered by
first applying size. You can then either lay
on more leaf or, alternatively, apply
bronze powder with a brush. Bronze powder
is particularly useful if you want to
color small folds and intricate mouldings.
call (718) 815-8802 for prices. To
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(718) 815-8802 Steve Martinez
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Gold Leaf Company
27 Fort Place, 2nd floor . Staten Island, NY 10301 .
815-8802 (phone) (718) 720.7027 (fax)
The Gold Leaf Company welcomes your inquires by email,
phone & fax.
Please detail your gilding requirements in your correspondence.