Gold Leafing

Gold leafing takes the ordinary to extraordinary and the extraordinary to priceless.

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  • Difficulty

    Moderate and Challenging
  • Exp Required

    None, Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Expert
  • Price Range

    $10 to $50 and $50 to $200
  • Uniqueness

    6
  • Complexity

    Moderate
  • Min Number

    1
  • Age Range

    Pre-teen, Teen, Adult, and Senior
Categories:
  • Printmaking
  • Crafts
  • Decorative
  • Metalwork
  • Home
  • Moods:
  • Feeling Calm
  • Do Something Creative
  • Make Something Creative
  • Stay In The Clouds
  • Be Impressed
  • Impress Others
  • Moods
  • Calm
  • Creative
  • Daydreaming
  • Impressed

Description

Gold Leafing

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First of all, what is gold leaf? Gold leaf is gold that has been hammered into fine sheets. The process of pounding solid gold into a thin leaf is called goldbeating, and the act of using gold leaf to adorn a surface is called gilding.
Artists and artisans have for centuries, used gold leaf as a way to make their creations shimmer and shine. Gold leafing is applied to everything from ancient artifacts to modern masterpieces. The accents add an “other worldly”, ethereal look to any work of art.
Contemporary artists continue to use gold leaf in their work. In addition to offering a less expensive and versatile alternative to solid gold, gold leaf is popular for its accentuating ability and dazzling details.
Though the application of gold leafing may look intimidating, it really is not difficult to learn. If you have a little confidence, you can teach yourself this art. Instruction is available for those a little faint of heart. Check out the web for online instruction.

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Gail Ward

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Gold Leaf

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Try different types of leafing

In addition to gold leaf, there is also available copper and silver sheeting. Be sure to try all three.

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