Gold Seems to… But Not as Is. How to Apply The Gold Leaf

Many times we get rid of furniture families or cut us when buying a piece of furniture or object in flea markets or auctions for fear to not know give new life or modernize them. In my case, I love the decorations melting. A good old framework which restoring gold leaf to host a painting furiously contemporary puts me in a good mood, and one of my favorite amusement is to pry the old shops and flea markets.

From 1 to 4 March you can visit in Madrid the Antique and Retro fair at the Mall Fashion & Shopping (Madrid), where looking for, looking for wonderful treasures you can find. Racing can get any good parts in poor condition to price adjusted for experiments, for what that experiments are made with soda

You have to be careful with the the gilding technique. It is essential that you put on alert so that not you read between the “gold rush”. When you learn to Brown gives you by Brown everything falls into your hands. It is not exaggeration and not only affects the Californian gold diggers. I’ve lived and experienced, so care.

Materials

LOA materials you can find in any store specializing in crafts and restoration:

  • 000 steel wool
  • Water sandpaper
  • This is pure turpentine, turpentine
  • Brush medium, neither very good nor very bad
  • Can of paint to the water, “red carriages”
  • Gold boat into the water
  • Bottle of talcum powder
  • Round brush, pulling to good, does not need to be natural but if smooth-haired
  • Bitumen of Judea, dissolved in a little turpentine
  • Gomalaca varnish, serves the prepared industrially
  • Cotton rags
  • Shoes of soft bristle brush
  • Gold leaf, strong pulse and sooooo patience booklet

Cleaning and sanding

Once chosen the small object (should always start for any technique with) small objects) as a framework, a foot of turning lamp or a box, there is that clean it very well, with essence of turpentine and 000 steel wool. Clean once the inevitable sandpaper spent you to make the surface as smooth as possible and leave it ready for the first coat of paint.

Painted

We started to paint with Red carriages.Leading paint brands have this color, red, called carriages. The brush, as usual, well loaded but that does not drip. When perfectly dry, we return to be sanded to remove imperfections like any drop of paint or some hair brush, something that has to happen, if you’re ahead and Hervis pickled brushes.

The Golden

Gilding technique is quite complicated, with instruments such as the Polonaise for the burnished, etc, as still not going to restore any Gothic Chapel of the National heritage, We will skip this part, suffice to know that must be taken to have the windows well closed to prevent draughts. Apply a very light coat of Gold, that is a transparent, liquid varnish where the finisimas are sticking little by little like gold leaf leaves.

We must distinguish between the gold good and bad, as we have been to the experiments with soda, buy a booklet of the bad. a bit of talcum powder on your hands to keep sticking us the gold leaf and the strong pulse so no wrinkling and place it with delicacy on the object. Usually break a little, nothing happens, it is normal (not please put more over) and begin to give small dry taps with a brush round.

Once covered the surface us forget our golden during a week, last which is brush to remove the excess Gold and avoid the scales. We made with bitumen of Judea, dissolved in a little turpentine, so that no dark too, removing excess with a cloth and finally to protect our golden, as the Gold is fake We give them a coat of varnish of gomalaca and let dry.

A nice touch and a form of different decorate.

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