How to Apply Silver Leaf Paint


Add a metallic splendor to a frame, sculpture or other home decor using silver leaf. Silver leaf is a paper very similar to tissue paper, but much more fragile and delicate. It can be applied to most any hard object, giving the finish a richness to accent a wall, a decorated vignette, or piece of furniture. Silver leaf can also be used for smaller projects, such as knobs or decorative appliques.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Liquid leaf adhesive (size)
  • Tweezers
  • Silver leaf sheets
  • Soft artist's brush
  • Paper plate
  • Paint the object you want to silver leaf and allow the paint to dry. This paint color will show through cracks and bare spots in the silver leaf.

  • Apply liquid leaf adhesive (size) to the surface of the painted object. Allow the size to dry to tackiness. Note: Check the packaging of the size for dry time. Some size takes several hours, while a quick-dry size will reach tackiness in a couple of hours.

  • Lift a sheet of silver leaf with tweezers. Carefully place the leaf over the tacky surface of the object. Using a soft artist's brush, rub and smooth the leaf over the surface. Allow the silver crumbs to fall onto a paper plate. Continue adding leaf sheets until the object is completely covered.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save the silver crumbs to cover bare spots and gaps that may appear.

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