September 23, 2013

DIY: Gold Leaf Sheets vs. Gold Leafing Pen

DIY: Gold Leaf Sheets vs. Gold Leafing Pen

I admit it, I am slightly obsessed with gold these days.  Join the club, right?  After years of being a silver fan, I have slowly started changing accessories around my house to gold.  Some items are thrifted, some from Target, and others I have changed myself.  I wanted to update the accessories on my vanity and thought it the perfect time to give gold leafing a try.  On a recent trip to Michaels, I debated whether to get the gold leaf sheets or the gold leafing pen.  I got both and put them to the test.  


I purchased the Krylon 18 Kt. Gold Leafing Pen and ArtMinds Ready Leaf Gold sheets, with the intention of using both products to add gold to two storage vessels.  I used the Krylon pen on a glass jar I found at the thrift store.  The jar was clear glass with a  greenish tint and has raised polka dots scattered over the sides.  I started by spray painting the outside of the jar with white glossy spray paint.  I then used the pen on the raised polka dots and around the rim of the jar. 

DIY: Gold Leaf Sheets vs. Gold Leafing Pen

I tried the gold leaf sheets on a white, plastic dipping bowl from Target.  The bowl is shaped like a jewel with many flat edges, and I thought it a great piece to try the sheets on.  I started by spraying the bowl with spray adhesive.  Next, I applied the gold leaf to the now sticky surfaces of the bowl by rubbing the sheets against the glue.  

DIY: Gold Leaf Sheets vs. Gold Leafing Pen

DIY: Gold Leaf Sheets vs. Gold Leafing Pen

This process took some time and was quite messy.  After I had all the surfaces covered, I had to let the bowl dry for several days.  But I am pleased with the way the angles of the bowl reflect the light.

DIY: Gold Leaf Sheets vs. Gold Leafing Pen

So, did I prefer the gold leafing pen or the gold leaf sheets?  The pen is great for precise items, like the small dots on the jar.  The pen has a broad head, and it still was a bit of a challenge to get in and around the ridges on the rim of the jar, but I would not have had a chance to get the same level of precision with the sheets.  The bowl came out better, but was more difficult to make.  The spray adhesive seemed to come through the gold sheets, so I had gold all over my hands and I wasted a lot of sheets redoing the same areas.  If you are looking for easy, try the pen.  If you want high drama gold, go with the sheets.  Either way, I think both gold pieces certainly did glam up my vanity!
 

*** Note:  I have since tried the gold leaf sheets using double-sided tape and glue stick.  Both of these adhesives were easier to work with than the spray adhesive.  However, if you are trying to cover something with lots of surface space, the spray adhesive is still your best bet.


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