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
- Liquid leaf adhesive (size)
- 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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