How to Make Gold-Leafed Holiday Candlesticks
Update a collection of old candlestick holders with gold leaf to create a beautiful holiday centerpiece.
- collection of candlesticks in varying heights
- fine-grit sandpaper
- tack cloth
- gold-leaf sheets
- liquid adhesive
- gold-leaf sealer
- gold-leaf antiquing
- 2 foam brushes
Find a collection of old or worn candlestick holders and collect needed supplies.
Lightly sand candlestick holder surfaces to remove any existing finish.
Wipe away dust with tack cloth.
Brush all surfaces with gold-leaf liquid adhesive. Let set approximately 30 minutes until tacky.
Apply Gold Leaf
Lay sheets of gold leaf over candlestick surfaces and press into place with foam brush. Repeat until entire surface is covered.
Wipe Away Excess Leafing
Brush away loose particles with foam brush.
Brush on layer of gold-leaf sealer. Let dry 30 minutes.
Apply Antiquing Finish
Brush on layer of gold-leaf antiquing finish.
Rub In and Wipe Away
Rub antiquing finish into cracks and ridges. Wipe away any excess with rag.