Gold Leaf Enhances The Beauty of Your Furniture
There comes a time when you no longer feel the enthusiasm you had before on one of your furniture. The piece had become dull in color so you decided to give it a new finish. It had lost its center of attraction look, not like before when it was just acquired from the store. You want to get back the attention your guests always give to your furniture every time they come to your house.
They say a mask of gold hides all deformities; it pleases the heart of the viewer and raise up the status of an object. Gold leafing then, is surely a good idea of refinishing your furniture. But it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can always choose between a genuine and an imitation. Whatever it may be, a touch of gold adds shimmer and impressive appearance to whichever material it is laid on.
Gold leafing is the decorative technique of applying fine metallic-leaf or powder of gold (or imitation gold) to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal. In this case I am talking about wood furniture. It is an ancient art which dates back to 2500 BC, I think.
The process of gold leafing for wood surfaces is called oil gilding. It starts by applying size, a form of varnish where the gold leaf will adhere to. A brush is used for applying size. After the adhesive has become tacky the gold leaf is then attached by hand gently with the aid of a gilder’s tip. A gilder’s tip is thin, flat brushes made of camel’s hair or badger. Attaching gold leaf can only be possible within four hours when the size has cured to a tacky state.
Although today, gold leafing is not commonly accepted as a form of art, you can see gold leaf applied in upscale hotels and luxury venues; whether it is part of the decor in a theater or a fancy ballroom. In the homes of several wealthy men you can find furniture pieces embellished in gold leaf mostly on mirror frames, console tables or even on headboards and foot boards. But then again, you don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy the pleasure of having gold leaf gilded furniture.
I would not say that learning to do gold leafing is easy. There are several tutorials with videos you can find on the Internet. With some practice and proper tools anyone can be a master of gilding in his own right. As they say, practice makes perfect. Gold leafing can be a fun hobby and might become a source of income for you someday.
Here are two sites where you can learn more about gilding gold leaf:
With regards to the tools and kits, Amazon.com has a complete array of what you need to start applying gold leaf to your furniture to add an extra decorative touch in it. You can take a look at the gold leaf kit category on the Amazon products page on this site.