Antiquing glaze creates the soft glow of slightly tarnished silver.

Antiquing Silver Leaf

Gilding Kits

Includes all the tools and materials to apply imitation gold leaf. Set contains one 4 oz. bottle of Gilding Size, natural hair brush, cotton and mixing sticks, wet/dry paper and book of leaf. Water-based. Each book contains 25 leaves.
Each leaf is 5.5" x 5.5" square. Approx coverage is 5.25 sq. ft.



Aluminum Leaf
Gold Leaf
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Drop Cloths
Painters tape
Benjamin Moore
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Bole color
Quick Dry Oil sizing
Mineral Spirits
Oil based Varnish
Artists brushes
Artist Acrylic paint:
Raw Umber
Burnt Seine
Cotton balls
Tack cloth
Disposable gloves


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Gold Leaf Basics

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Sepp Metal Composition Leaf  books gold pack of 20

Metal Composition Leaf Packs - 20 Books
Gold - Aluminum - Copper

Made from various metallic alloys that simulate gold or silver. Items covered with imitation leaf will tarnish unless they are varnished or sealed. Sheets of imitation leaf are approximately 5 in. x 5 in. 25 sheets per book, 20 books to a pack. Copper leaf is genuine copper.


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Masking tip: 
Always test an area to be taped before beginning the masking job. Wallpaper is particularly susceptible to tearing. Lacquer and varnish surfaces on furniture may come off easily with the tape and the item could be severely damaged.

Antiquing silver leaf
The soft glow of slightly tarnished silver.

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Gilding Principles -  7 essential steps to Gilding

Rating 3 -moderate
For use on: furniture, objects, fine arts

Transform everyday objects into heirlooms.
The process known as Gilding simply means the application of
gold, silver and copper leaf to a surface that has been properly prepared with an adhesive known as 'gilder's size'. 

1. Prepare work area
2. Prime surface
3. Apply 'bole' color
4. Apply adhesive 'size'
5. Apply leaf
6. Seal and protect leaf
7. Apply antique glaze

Step 1:  Prepare work area: Cover working surfaces and floor areas with drop cloths or newspaper. Use tape to mask any areas not to be gilded. Lightly sand the surface if necessary with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any blemishes.

Step 2: Prime surface:  Remove sanding dust with a tack cloth and prime as needed. Refer to the artSparx basic preparation resource for additional tips and techniques

Step 3: Apply 'bole' color:  Once the primer is fully dry, you are ready to apply the base color for your leaf. Traditionally a deep terre cotte color is used, such as Benjamin Moore color # 2090-30. 

This base color is also referred to as the 'Bole' color. Traditionally, bole was made from clay. Today paint is typically substituted.
One can experiment with different colors and your choice will affect the overall appearance of the finished product. For example, the traditional terra-cotta color adds warmth to both gold and silver leaf. A black 'bole' color creates a hard, cold look - often appropriate for Art Deco pieces, and the like. A yellow 'bole' color evens out the overall appearance, and diminishes any cracks or 'holidays' on the gilded surface.

Step 4: Apply adhesive 'size'. Apply your 'size'. Size refers to the adhesive used to adhere the leaf to a surface. There are different kinds of size adhesive dependant on the finished look you desire. For most common gilding practices a 3 hour, 'quick drying' size is all you will need. It is an oil based product and can be cleaned with mineral spirits. Apply carefully and evenly, working the size to an even film as much as possible. When competed, clean your brush with mineral spirits.


Quick-dry synthetic gold sizing is a clear gilders size designed for fast leaf work. Dries in one to three hours, can be used as a varnish, medium, or anywhere a durable, weather resistant finish is required. Thins with mineral spirits, and comes in an 8 ounce re-sealable can.


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Step 5: Apply leaf:

Hold firmly and carefully. Attach leaf to surface.

Move methodically up the leaf to rap over and around surface.


After the leaf is laid on, rub thoroughly over paper to insure adhesion. Gently remove the paper, leaving the leaf on your surface.

Step 6: Seal and protect the gilded surface

Protect the leaf with a coat of oil based varnish., A satin or semi-gloss sheen will work nicely. This seals the leaf, protecting it from moisture and air. It also acts as a barrier coat between the leafed surface and the antiquing glaze that soon follows. Clean your brush with mineral spirits when completed.

Individual Books of Metal Leaf

Sepp Metal Composition Leaf  books gold pack of 20

Sample Pack!
1 book Imitation Gold Leaf
1 book Aluminum Leaf
1 book Copper Leaf

$ 17.50

Item #  AX_metal_sampPK

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Individual books

Made from various metallic alloys that simulate gold or silver. Items covered with imitation leaf will tarnish unless they are varnished or sealed. Sheets of imitation leaf are approximately 5.5 in. x 5.5 in. 25 sheets per book, 20 books to a pack. Copper leaf is genuine copper.

Imitation Dutch Gold Leaf - $ 6.50
Item: AX_Imgold_bk
Aluminum Leaf - $ 6.50
Item: AX_Imsilver_bk
Copper Leaf - $ 7.25
Item: AX_Copper_bk
Gilding Kits - Imitation Gold Leaf,
Aluminum Leaf or Copper - $ 24.95

Step 7: Apply antique glaze

Antiquing and aging your leafed surface. For antiquing recipes for gilded surfaces visit the Antiquing Center. Also visit the Antiquing Silver Leaf step by step tutorial.

On a palette, mix your glaze and dilute with water. Apply evenly over surface, smoothing out as you go. In case the glaze 'beads', allow to set momentarily then smooth out as before.

Using a dry rag, buff up 'high' points, allowing the recesses to remain darker, mimicking the processes of time.

For more detailed gilding methods, photos, tips and techniques visit the gilding tutorials at artSparx Gilded Corner.


Silver Leafing Techniques

Gold Leafing Techniques

Silver Leafing

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Transform everyday objects into heirlooms. Silver leafing can add charm and personality to even the most ordinary objects.


Gold Leafing

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Gold Leafing might be just the right accent you're looking for! These straight forward step-by-step methods helps get the job done right.

Special Feature - About gilding products

Aluminum Leaf

Purchase Aluminum and Genuine Silver Leaf.
Also available in rolls!

Dutch Gold or
composition leaf

Purchase Imitation and Genuine Gold Leaf.
Also available in rolls!

Aluminum Leaf imitates the illusion of genuine Silver, at a fraction of the cost. Each individual sheet is bigger and easier to handle then its genuine counter part.

The same applies for 'Dutch Gold', or 'Composition Leaf'. But due to the large brass content, this imitation gold must have a sealer applied to prevent tarnishing, unlike genuine gold leaf.


Antiquing Tutorials

"Classic antique glaze"
This glaze mixture is the essential antique color recipe. Understand what colors to use, and how to mix them. Including accent antique methods like weathering, physical distressing, and creating fly specks and worm holes.
Antiquing with oil glazes 
What are Universal tinters, Japan colors or artist oil paint? Create the exact glaze you want, using the right materials.
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Whether you use Artist acrylic paints or Universal tinters as you colorant you can create the perfect antique glaze.
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