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Facets, the Next Logical Step #9: Gold Leaf Accents

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 1282 days ago 964 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Hinge Assembly and a Little Detail. Part 9 of Facets, the Next Logical Step series Part 10: Finishing Touches and a Few Extra Photos »

Back in the entry about planning the base I had decided, after some discussion, to finish the base in black dye accented with gold leaf. I have had this imitation gold leaf kit for about three years now having originally bought it to experiment with when I was carving the name board for my boat. At that time I had applied it to a sign on our gate and left it out in the weather as a test, but never got around to using it on my boat.

The areas planned for the gold accent were the fleurs de lis at the tops of the arms of the base and the bands on the feet. (They must be feet. They have toes.) This is one of the fleurs de lis. It has about four coats of water based poly on it at this point.

The first step is to apply the adhesive carefully to the areas where the gold is to adhere. This may not be the most difficult part but it’s important that it is done with care. Any leaf that adheres where you don’t want it will be a pain to remove.

If you pass an artist’s brush over your hair a few times you will get enough static electricity to pick up the delicate leaf bits.

Then you gingerly position the leaf over your piece to line it up with the intended landing spot and gently let it come into contact. Smooth it down with the brush as you spread it.

Continue smoothing as you go along to securely attach the leaf to the piece.

I’m a complete amateur at this and I don’t expect to fool anyone but it does give an interesting appearance that can’t be accomplished any other way that I know of. It’s purpose here is simply to add some interest and contrast to the base, which after all is not the main attraction.

All in all I think it looks OK. (There are those toes I mentioned.)

That’s it for now. The project should get posted fairly soon and then I’ll add some finished photos here.

Thanks to everyone who came along for the ride. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/



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tdv

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#1 posted 1282 days ago

Really beautiful work Paul. I like the attention to detail in your work
Cheers
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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lanwater

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#2 posted 1282 days ago

Gold definitely brings up the contrast and add nice accent.
It must be pricey these days.

Great work!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Schwieb

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#3 posted 1282 days ago

Paul,
How do you trim the edges of the gold leaf material after application? I understand about careful application of the adhesive and why, I wondered how you then got a clean line.

Real interesting to me and certainly fine work on your part.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 1282 days ago

Classy

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#5 posted 1282 days ago

Good work Paul. Those details can really make a project sing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SPalm

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#6 posted 1282 days ago

Stunning. I like the toes too.
I have always wanted to try applying leaf. As you said, it really adds a nice texture/tone that only leaf can do. Once again, you are an inspiration. Thanks.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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shipwright

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#7 posted 1282 days ago

Thanks for the nice words.

lanwater, it’s imitation gold leaf so it’s not very expensive but it seems to act just like the real thing so it may be a good way to learn before spending the big bucks.

Ken, what you see in the photos is just the adhesive line cleaned off. I will do a bit more cleanup before I seal it. I think an exacto knife as a scraper will do it.

Thanks again.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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GaryL

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#8 posted 1282 days ago

The gold leaf is a fantastic accent for the fleurs de lis . I have, as Steve, have wanted to try this.
What is imitation leaf you used?

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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shipwright

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#9 posted 1282 days ago

It’s in this forum post, Gary. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/22721

You can find it on the internet or in craft stores. I think I got mine at Michael’s.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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GaryL

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#10 posted 1282 days ago

Thanks Paul. I poked around and found it pretty cheap on Amazon. The Mona Lisa brand seems to be the most popular. It’s cheap enough, I’ll have to get some and experiment.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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