How to Gold Plate a Rose

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How to Gold Plate a Rose
Cast your rose in gold to remember a special moment in your life. (red rose & gold ring image by Anna Khomulo from Fotolia.com)

A lovely rose evokes memories of a special day or the person who gave it to you. You can preserve that memory so that it doesn't crumble and fade by plating your rose in gold leaf. Professionals use a process called electroforming to gold plate flowers of all kinds. At home, you can apply gold leaf to your rose to achieve the same effect. All the materials to gold plate flowers using gold leaf are easily found in a craft store or via an online resource. With a little patience, you can make your special rose into a permanent keepsake of your special moment.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Gold-sizing liquid
  • Soft paint brush
  • Gold leaf
  • Leafing brush
  • Rose

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the gold-sizing liquid onto every surface of the rose using a soft paint brush. This includes the petals, any leaves and the stem. Make sure the rose is well coated--the gold leaf will only stick to surfaces covered with the gold-sizing liquid.

  2. 2

    Press the gold leaf into the surfaces of the rose. Use your leafing brush to tuck it into creases, folds and to wrap it around the stem. Keep applying gold leaf until you completely cover the rose.

  3. 3

    Brush the gold leaf with your leafing brush. Apply gentle and firm pressure as you cover every surface of the rose so that you dislodge any small flecks or pieces of gold. This will also create an even finish on the rose.

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