It is my priviledge to welcome Joy Beadworks to my blog. You probably saw her amazing checker table transformation if you were around for my Roadkill Rescue Party. And you know how I love flowers…how gorgeous are these! I think I am going to invite myself to her house when she brings these out for her soup…yummy! Speaking of yummy how gorgeous is her cupcake ring…I happen to own one of these beauties. Check out all the other goodies in her etsy shop.

I have been asked by Beckie to Guest Blog and I have to say, it’s my pleasure! This is Marjorie from over at Joy Beadworks. I offer a line of interchangeable jewelry on Etsy, but I usually blog about craft tutorials, home decor, and my humorous, crazy and happy life with 4 kids. You are invited to join me anytime.

Today, I’d like to show you how easy it is to gold leaf. Nothing says fall like a little autumn shimmer.

gold leaf sheets like the ones shown (you can also get silver and copper leaf )
Leaf adhesive
Brown (or black) acrylic paint (optional)

You’ll also need something to “leaf”. I chose some pears. Choose something with a smooth surface, and keep in mind that the base color of your object will show behind the leaf. (If you don’t like the color of your leafing item, paint it first.)

First, paint the item with the glue. You’ll need to wait 5 minutes until the glue gets tacky, then take out the gold leaf, and wrap it on. I like mine a little crackly and I wanted more of the background to show through. The sheets are incredibly thin, and stick easily to the glue. You really can’t make a mistake.

Then, with a dry brush, pat down any remaining areas that you want covered, and remove any excess leaf. You may need to add additional glue in spots, and then apply the leaf as you please.

In order to slightly tone down the gold, and to give it more texture, I painted the pears with a very light coat of brown acrylic paint. The paint also acted as a sealant.

Be sure to link back with your leafing project, we’d love to take a peek. I’m thinking pumpkins with copper leaf would look amazing.

Thank you Beckie for the Guest Spot!

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  1. Ummm, forgive me if this is a silly question, but won't the pears eventually rot? They do look beautiful!

  2. those look so amazing. the first time i used gold leafing, i made the huge mistake of using spray adhesive. brush on is oh so much neater, smarter, very much the thing to use 🙂

    i've been wearing my necklace everywhere i go. thanks, again.

  3. Ah! Fabulous – I have been looking for creative fall ideas and just purchased some gold leaf at a yard sale and was wondering what to do with it….love the pears, but I think I'll try the pumpkin idea…I'll let you know. B:)

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