Arts & Crafts Magazine

Gold Leaf Votive Holder

By Whitehaus @wecanredoit
This summer I have made a new best friend and that friend is gold leafing. I'm TOTALLY kicking myself or not getting into this stuff sooner! I'm sure I've expressed this before, but seriously, everything is better with shiny gold. Having never met an old jar or bottle that I didn't want to rehabilitate in some way, gold leafing has turned out to be a game changer! With just some tape and a cheap gold leafing kit, the spaghetti sauce jar is now my new favorite votive holder. Gold Leaf Votive HolderMaterials Needed:-clean jar-gold leaf (I used the imatation stuff, but you can also buy 24K as well)-gold leaf adhesive-sealant-masking tape-fine point sharpieGold Leaf Votive HolderPrepare you Design
Step 1: Make a simple stencil for your pattern. My gold cross is 1/2" long and wide, giving me a total design area of  1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Gold Leaf Votive Holder

Step 2: Lay you stencil on the jar and trace using a fine point sharpie, gel pen or china pencil.

Gold Leaf Votive Holder

Step 3: Repeat until you have the desired amount of designs drawn on to the jar. It's worth keeping in mind that the more designs you have, the more time you'll need to finish the project. If patience isn't your thing, you may want to go with a less-is-more approach or simply enlarge your stencil a bit.

Gold Leaf Votive Holder

Step 4: Now that your designs are drawn onto the jar you will need to block off the area around your design with masking tape. Lay the tape around the sides of your designs, just outside of the tracing.

**(It makes it go a little quicker to cut your tape into a number of small pieces in advance so you can just grab them as you go.)
Gold Leaf Votive Holder

Step 5: When you've finished take a moment to firmly press down all of the pieces of tape.

Gold Leaf Votive Holder
Gold Leafing
Step 1: Paint inside all of the design areas with your jar of adhesive. Let dry until tacky.
Gold Leaf Votive Holder

Step 2: Get out a sheet of gold leaf and lay across as many of the designs as you can. You'll continue adding sheets until all design areas are covered. The gold leaf is pretty forgiving so if there are any edges or crevices left uncovered, just add a little bit to those areas.

Gold Leaf Votive Holder

Step 3: Rub over all of the gold leaf areas firmly, but gently with a soft cloth.

Gold Leaf Votive Holder

Step 4: Moment of truth... remove the tape! If you find any extra bits stuck in places where they shouldn't be,  just remove them.

Gold Leaf Votive Holder

**(Also, be sure to save all of those extra pieces of leafing that came off when the tape. You can use those on your next project!)**

Gold Leaf Votive Holder
Step 5: Paint over all of the designs with the jar of sealant. This will protect your design from knicks as well as tarnish.

Gold Leaf Votive Holder

The beautiful results are great to use as a vase, or you could add a bit of sand or rice to lay a votive onto. Hope you'll have just as much fun with this as I did!
Gold Leaf Votive Holder
<<<I must give credit where credit is due: my inspiration to jump into gold  leafing came from NC artist  (and my childhood friend), Sullivan Anlyan. She's an incredibly prolific artist whose work often pairs nature/animals against a guilded background. I'm a little obsessed (especially with beauties like this). Thanks for inspo, Sully, and please keep up the shiny, good work!!>>>

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • 1940s Fashion – The Wired Bra

    1940s Fashion Wired

    Late 1940s brassieres eliminate straps – For sport girls, the wired strapless bra enables them to use both arms freely in golf, swimming or tennis ! Bare... Read more

    The 17 March 2018 by   Glamourdaze
  • Buzz and Excitement...

    Buzz Excitement...

    Do you want some BUZZ? Are you awaiting EXCITEMENT?!? Well! There's something coming on this blog, in the near future. Something new! It'll be great, I... Read more

    The 17 March 2018 by   Ravenswingthog
  • Clara Bow’s Boudoir in 1930

    Clara Bow’s Boudoir 1930

    A sneak peek inside the boudoir of a screen legend – In true Hollywood fashion, Clara Bows boudoir oozes with femininity.The silent movie “It Girl” star, wearin... Read more

    The 17 March 2018 by   Glamourdaze
  • Sixer’s Sevens: Preston Benefit from This Week’s Press of the Self-destruct...

    Sixer’s Sevens: Preston Benefit from This Week’s Press Self-destruct Button

    Jake: ‘it’s not always pretty’ John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that was before Jake... Read more

    The 17 March 2018 by   Colin Randall
  • Sold for $900,000 Sold $900,000

    George Kirikos who sought retweets as currency for his research efforts, set up a series of clues on a domain that sold last year that would chart in the top... Read more

    The 17 March 2018 by   Worldwide
  • Monitor Teens & Minors Whereabouts with Spy 360 Live Camera Streaming

    Monitor Teens Minors Whereabouts with Live Camera Streaming

    Parents are responsible for the protection of minors and teens. Therefore, no matter what measures have to take for the children security, parents do their... Read more

    The 17 March 2018 by   Ruby Mariah
  • Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Massage Oil Review

    Baby Dove Rich Moisture Massage Review

    Looking for Best Baby Oil for Massage? We have a baby oil review today! Baby Massage is definitely very essential as it helps to soothe your baby thus... Read more

    The 17 March 2018 by   Jayshreebhagat

Paperblog Hot Topics