How to Do Gold Leaf Lettering

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Gold leaf lettering is a beautiful detail that you can add to almost any craft project for a spectacular finish. To achieve it, you apply a foil of gold leaf to pre-traced letters, making the words, letters or numbers stand out elegantly. You can use gold leaf on carved stone letters, etched wood letters or on plain traced letters on paper or glass. Wherever you have a letter that can be filled in or highlighted, you can add gold leaf. All the necessary supplies are available at craft stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gold leaf adhesive
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Wide fan paintbrush
  • Loose gold leaf

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  1. 1

    Spread gold leaf adhesive inside the letter you want to embellish with gold leaf. Use a fine paintbrush to spread the adhesive carefully within the lines of the letter.

  2. 2

    Let the adhesive set for the time recommended on the product packaging.

  3. 3

    Push the bristles of a wide fan paintbrush gently into loose gold leaf until the bristles are full.

  4. 4

    Press the gold leaf into the adhesive until the bristles have no more gold leaf left on them.

  5. 5

    Make a few swift passes of the brush over the applied gold leaf to dislodge any loose particles.

  6. 6

    Dip the brush in the loose gold leaf again and press the gold leaf into another spot of adhesive.

  7. 7

    Apply gold leaf in this manner--and keep brushing away loose pieces--until all of the adhesive is covered in gold leaf.

Tips and warnings

  • Spread small amounts of adhesive at a time, so you can work slowly without the adhesive drying out.
  • Clean up any gold leaf that falls to the floor where children or pets may come across it; they could be harmed if they consume it.

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