Gilded Egg

Kate Eriksson demonstrates her gold leafing process for her gilded egg.

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Gilded Eggs
Step 3

Materials and Tools:

hard plastic Easter eggs
black gesso
dark blue and light blue acrylic paint
gold adhesive size
gold leaf
burnishing tool or brush
satin sealer

Step 3


1. Glue the two halves of the plastic egg together to prevent it from opening. Let dry.

2. Sand the surface of the plastic egg with medium-grit sandpaper.

Step 4

4. Once the gesso is dry, apply dark blue acrylic paint with a paintbrush. Cover the entire surface to be gilded. Let dry.

Step 5

5. Apply light blue paint stripes around the egg. Let dry.

Steps 6-8

6. Apply gold adhesive size to the egg. Let the size sit until it turns from milky to clear.

7. Apply gold leaf onto the adhesive size. Press down lightly and burnish the gold leaf with a brush.

8. Allow the gold leaf to dry for about 30 minutes. Once it is dry, press the remainder of the leaf down to ensure you remove any that may not have stuck to the egg. Note: The adhesive size will remain sticky.

Step 9

9. Apply satin sealer to the gilded egg to make sure the gold leaf stays intact.

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