Gild All the Things! (Except These 3 Things)
Give a golden touch to (almost) all of your favorite things.
As a James Bond fan, I love (secondary) Bond Girl Jill Masterson from the 1964 film Goldfinger. In the film she was painted in head-to-toe gold paint which led to skin suffocation and her character's untimely death. This goes under the "what not to gild" category.
I'm like, "What can I dip in gold paint?" If you're in the "METALLIC ALL THE THINGS!" camp like me, then here's a guide to what can and cannot handle the power of liquid gilding. That stuff is powerful, y'all.
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14 Perfect Gilded Projects
Choosing Your Botanicals
Choose and clip a variety of botanical specimens. I recommend choosing more than you think you'll need, as a few may not work after they are dried. Lay botanicals face-down on paper towels on a hard surface, making sure all leaves are straight and placed appropriately: they will dry just as you position them. Top with another layer of paper towels and lay heavy books or magazines on top. Make sure to locate this in a place that can remain undisturbed for several days.
Tools You Will Need
Here's what you will need: Clippings from yard (choose sizes and textures that will look nice when gilded and framed) / Frames in sizes of choice (the ones shown are 16x24 poster frames) / Brass gilding liquid / Small angled brushes / Archival rubber cement / Spray adhesive / Colored mat board in size of choice / White mat board in size of choice (should be at least 2 inches smaller than colored mat board)
Arrange Botanicals on Mat Board
Using the white mat, arrange the specimens on each mat, keeping in mind how you want to arrange the final framed pieces. When you have the botanicals arranged in a pleasing way, use a small brush to lightly apply the rubber cement to the backs of the leaves and stem and press lightly onto the white mat board.
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Try This: Scalloped Edges
Add a graphic, scalloped look along the edges of your plate with food-safe ceramic paint and a detail brush. First, start at one end of the plate, then work your way around. Next, create second or third layers by slightly changing the center point of each scallop until you've reached the perfect balance.
Try This: Marbled Effect
Combine the dipped look with the marbled effect for this sophisticated plate update. To do this, you'll need acrylic airbrush paint, a foam paintbrush and transparent acrylic extender. (Keep in mind that it's best to use this plate as a charger.) First, apply the transparent acrylic extender to the center of the plate, stopping where you want the line of the dipped look to begin. While it's still wet, apply the colored acrylic paint at the edge of the plate, then work your way to dipped line. Use the foam paintbrush to mix the acrylic paint with the extender, then tip the plate in different directions until the paints start to create a swirled look. Once the marbled effect has been achieved, allow the plate to dry for 24 hours before placing a clear glass plate on top.
Try This: Decorative Paper
For a no-commitment approach to spicing up white plates, first cut a patterned piece of craft paper to size. Lay the paper on top of the white plate for use as a charger, then add a clear glass plate on top. This will allow the pattern to peek through the clear plate for a modern look.
Try This: Foil Leaf Dots
Here's an excellent idea for turning plates into wall art or tabletop vessels. Cut sheets of foil leaf into small circles using craft scissors. Next, randomly apply them to the white plate until the desired look is achieved. For a layered effect, use a food-safe metallic paint pen along the edges for a gilded touch that will coordinate with the foil leaf dots.
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Rustic Refined Serving Trays You Can Make Yourself!
A fun way to bring the outdoors in for the holidays, these rustic refined wood serving trays have just the right amount of bling to make them a perfect addition to your holiday dinners! Stacked or standing side by side, your desserts will take center stage when displayed on these DIY stands. Finish them off with a favorite quote or saying to make them truly personal and unique!
Supply List for Wooden Serving Trays
You will need: Wood rounds (can be purchased at hobby and craft stores or use rounds cut from stumps) / wood craft feet and rounds (purchased from hobby and craft stores) / wood glue / gilding liquid and paint brush / wood burning tool and letter stamps (optional for lettering)
Create Bases for Trays
You can anchor your wooden trays with either feet or a larger base. To create the bases for trays glue four wooden circles together. Glue the two smaller surface sides back to back, to create two sets. Stack the two sets together, gluing the larger surface sides to each other. Allow to dry thoroughly.
For a fun additional element to your trays, use a wood burning tool and wood burning letter stamps to create seasonal sayings and quotes. Follow the directions carefully for using your wood burning tool as they are very hot! For quick clean up and to use time and time again, finish off your trays with a quick coating of a food grade water-based acrylic wood sealer or tung oil.