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How to Use Silver Leaf

Updated February 21, 2017

When you buy used objects, such as decorative sculptures or picture frames, from garage sales or consignment stores, the surface may be scuffed or unbecoming. Instead of tossing the item away, you can make it look new again by covering it with silver leaf. Silver leaf is a sheet of extremely thin, pure silver that can be applied to objects to make the objects look like they were made of silver themselves.

Spray the object or frame with spray adhesive. Spray adhesive will make the surface of the object or frame tacky.

Peel up the corner of a sheet of silver leaf using a butter knife, and roll the knife slightly to pull the silver leaf sheet off of the backing.

Lay the silver leaf sheet over the object or frame. Repeat this process until you have covered the entire surface with sheets of silver leaf.

Tap the end of a soft watercolour paintbrush to press the silver leaf onto the object or frame. As you tap, the excess leaf will slide into creases and cracks. Continue to tap until the entire surface is covered with a smooth layer of silver.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray adhesive
  • Butter knife
  • Silver leaf
  • Paintbrush
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