DIY gold leaf frames

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As you already know, I absolutely love accents of gold. Gilded touches to a home add an ounce of glamour and elegance to any space. And since I’m currently in the process of sprucing up my space with momentos and photographs, I couldn’t help but find vintage frames and craft my own gold leaf frames. And so a tutorial for you to utilize of course as you make the appropriate changes and updates to your home as the holiday guests ready themselves to soon visit…

 

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{you will need}

wooden frames, thrifted or antique
gold leaf, 25-35 sheets
water-based acrylic gold size, with adhesive
clear shellac varnish, clear
tweezers
paint brushes

 

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{step one}

Remove the frame, back and artwork-so only the frame is visible. Clean with a lightly damp washcloth to remove dirt and dust. Apply one coat water-based acrylic gold size with a paintbrush to the entire frame.

 

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{step two}

Allow the frame dry for at least 20 minutes if not a little more. Be sure to check if you have gotten all the inner and exterior corners with the gold size.

 

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{step three}

Once the white liquid is dry enough so it looks clear. Pick up a gold sheet with tweezers and place over the frame.

 

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{step four}

With a second soft brush that is clean, press down the gold leaf on the frame with the adhesive surface.

 

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{step five}

Continue to follow step four until you have full coverage or in your desired area.You can do only the corners or just apply enough gold leaf for a crinkle effect.

 

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{step six}

When the desired area is covered in gold leaf, smooth out the creases and brush away any of the debris.

 

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{step seven}

Then with the second brush that you used from step four, seal the surface with clear shellac. And allow the frame to dry for about 30 minutes.

 

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You can use these frames as a party favor, table scape decoration, to display a print or art, and even to just lean against the wall without anything in it. Quite versatile, easy and fun to make!

 

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