Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gilding with Metallic Leaf



Hi Friends

Today I want to share with you a festive alteration using the Metallic leaf and Alcohol splash from Itsy Bitsy............The metallic leaf treatment can be tried on any surface be it metal, glass, plastic , terracotta or ceramic. 
Metallic finishes and gilding can add glamour, shine, richness, and patina to your decorative painting projects. Use sheets of Mont Marte metal gold, copper and silver leaf to accent furniture/ painting/texture/patterns and surfaces. 
Here I tried it on metal and glass. I opted for alcohol splash on the inside of  glass bowls as I love the transparency and vibrancy of Alcohol Splash . also the tray and the bowls are fully functional as the tray with metallic leaf has been coated with few coats of Asian Paints varnish and can be wiped clean or even washed with a mild detergent. The glass bowls have no paint or varnish on the inside and totally safe to use with food or dry snacks. 

so I started with this old metal tray which had enamel treatment that had peeled off and these textured glass bowls....


to this ......



my supplies......copper and silver leaf,leafing size and soft flat brushes to apply leaf.........


clean the bowls and tray with Isopropanyl Alcohol/Surgical spirit or alcohol solution 


I applied Alcohol splash with a sponge on the outer side of the glass bowls........



let dry completely 


Apply a very thin layer of Leafing size on the tray and the outside of bowls with a flat brush and leave for at least 20-30 minutes......


then start applying the metal leaf carefully on the tacky surface ,I added both copper and silver as I wanted a mix color effect .......



I also tried this on certain hand made resin embellishments  although I did not use them on this project but you can see the faux gilding one can achieve even on curved and textured surfaces.......

so this is my 'New' serving platter for sweets and dry-fruits this Diwali 

see the lovely colors and shine of  fine metallic leaf through the transparent Alcohol splash 


Do give the metallic leaf a try and add glamour to your ArtThank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. 

Supplies List : 

Embossing Heat Gun
Embossing Heat Gun
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Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Imitation Leaf - Copper
Imitation Leaf - Copper
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Imitation Leaf - Silver
Imitation Leaf - Silver
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Synthetic Hair Flat Brush - Gold 12
Synthetic Hair Flat Brush - Gold 12
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Synthetic Hair Flat Brush - Gold 11
Synthetic Hair Flat Brush - Gold 11
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Itsy Bitsy
Gold Alcohol Splash - Frosted Pool 5...
Gold Alcohol Splash - Frosted Pool 5...
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Gold Alcohol Splash - Pink Punch
Gold Alcohol Splash - Pink Punch
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Gold Alcohol Splash - Golden Mocha
Gold Alcohol Splash - Golden Mocha   
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Leafing Size
Leafing Size
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Itsy Bitsy

6 comments:

Dr Sonia S V said...

Fantastic bright upcycling Suman...I had a similar tray at home...will hunt for it now!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Torsa Saha said...

So. vivid n beautiful!! Looks like real metal!! Awesomely done di :) !!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Wow It's Awesome..perfect for Diwali:)

Rupa S said...

Unbelievable that these were glass bowls! Fantastic Suman.

veena said...

Hi, beautiful bowls and tray, thanks for sharing the technique. Which Asian paints varnish do you use? Synthetic varnish? Does it not yellow over time?

Suman Pandit said...

Yes Veena,Synthetic varnish is good, I have used it on various surfaces like decoupaged glass bottles ,they did not yellow over time and are water resistant too !!

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