How to Use Krylon Gold Leaf

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How to Use Krylon Gold Leaf
Stencil a scrapbook page with a Krylon gold leafing pen. (autumn leaf scrapbook image by robert mobley from

Gold leafing is used by craft enthusiasts in various craft projects. Krylon gold leafing is available in gold leafing pens, spray paint and gold webbing spray. The Krylon brand gold leafing is easy to use and adheres well to various surfaces. It dries within minutes and creates a shiny gold metallic surface on paper, wood, fabric, plastic and metal objects. The gold leafing is used on ornamental objects, cards, plaques and clothing. Designs and uses are limited to the creativity of the individual using the gold leafing.

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Things you need

  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Scrapbooking stencil
  • Krylon gold leafing pen
  • Wood plaque
  • Plastic, metal or clay object
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Newspaper
  • Krylon gold leafing spray
  • Fabric
  • Brown paper
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

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    Place a scrapbooking page on a clean, flat, solid work surface.

  2. 2

    Place the scrapbook stencil in the desired location on the page.

  3. 3

    Colour inside the stencil with a Krylon gold leafing pen. Allow the gold leafing to dry for three minutes before removing the stencil.

  4. 4

    Write on the page with the pen to create freehand words and designs. Allow the paint to dry for three minutes. Use the same process to stencil or print on a wood plaque.

  1. 1

    Clean the surface of the metal, plastic or clay object with rubbing alcohol. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and rub it over the area for gold leafing. Allow the object to dry completely before continuing.

  2. 2

    Cover the work surface with newspaper. Place the object to receive the Krylon gold leafing on the centre of the newspaper.

  3. 3

    Shake the can of Krylon gold leafing. Remove the lid. Hold the nozzle 12 inches from the object's surface. Apply a thin layer of leafing. Allow the leafing to dry for five minutes. Repeat the process until the desired colour is reached.

  1. 1

    Cover a flat, stable work surface with newspaper. Place the desired piece of fabric directly on the newspaper.

  2. 2

    Flatten the fabric with your hands. Make sure to place several layers of newspaper between layers of fabric if gold leafing is done on an item such as a shirt, trousers or jacket.

  3. 3

    Place a stencil on the surface of the fabric. Fill in the stencil with the Krylon gold leafing pen. Allow the gold leafing to dry for five minutes. Remove the stencil from the fabric.

  4. 4

    Freehand objects or words on the fabric. Allow to dry for five minutes before moving.

  5. 5

    Heat set the gold leafing to the fabric. Put a piece of brown paper or butcher paper over the gold leafing. Preheat the iron to a cotton setting. Place the iron over the gold leafing. Hold the iron in place for 10 seconds. Move the iron to the next area. Repeat until the entire gold-leafed area is ironed. Remove the brown paper. Allow the fabric to cool before moving.

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