The Look of Gold
by Sonya Weiss
On television yesterday evening, there was a show about a man who'd won millions in the lottery. As the camera panned around his mansion, the man delighted in taking viewers on a tour of the things he'd collected. He pointed out each furnishing and told exactly what he'd paid for the item.
Some of what he showed off--gold furnishings- were indeed very beautiful. But you don't have to be a millionaire to have the look of gold in your home.
You can use something called gold leaf and create items for your home as well as gifts for others.
What is gold leaf? Gold leaf is gold that's been flattened into very thin sheets--usually by beating it. You can buy it in sheets already beaten.
Have an old picture frame passed down from generation to generation in your family and while you can't bear to part with it, the frame's condition leaves a lot to be desired? With gold leafing (or gilding as it's also called), you can blend the old with the new and have an attractive keepsake.
To Gold Leaf a picture frame, you'll need the following items:
Sizing (this is an adhesive)
Brush with the softest bristles you can find
Gently sand and then coat the frame with adhesive. Using the brush, apply the gold leaf. Once the gold leaf is on the frame, rub the leaf with a soft cloth or nylon to smooth out the creases. Lastly, once any creases or wrinkles have been removed, coat the frame with a sealer.