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Monday, November 19, 2018

More Gold

Just in time for the holidays
Gold leafing, Part II

Not just acorns.
Gold leafing candles is even easier.

You will need a little book of metal leaf
(make believe gold)

and a bottle of Adhesive Size (glue).
You can even antique the gold (left bottle)
or be even more authentic by painting an undercoat of red basecoat (bottle on the right). 

Paint lower part of candle with rabbit skin glue (Size) 
Wait till glue is tacky, about an hour.
Lay on gold.
Carefully polish with soft cloth or sheep skin until smooth

When completely dry you can even scribe a pattern into candle. 

Gold leaf applied to lower part of candle.  
Wrapped in plastic and forgotten.

What a surprise. 
Probably couldn't repeat this patina if I tried.

I gilded these columns which lead into our dining room.

There are so many applications.

See how special. A few candles with gold leaf, a few pomanders,  and fresh greens and a centerpiece is born.  

Thank you dear friends for stopping by.  I am always so happy to hear from you.  



  1. Gina, that patina on the 'forgotten' candles is just amazing!
    All your candles look so great with the gold leaf - I'm wondering if we could do this on the battery operated LED wax candles? I have a lot of them now set on timers which means if we go out they are glowing and welcoming when we return. They could be made to look quite spectacular I think, and you wouldn't have to worry about them burning down. They don't get very warm so I imagine it might work. Anyway, I'm going to try it when I return from AZ - like I won't have enough to do for Christmas, haha!!!!!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and birthday - wish I could be there to share a birthday hug.
    Love from us both xx

    1. Dear Mary,
      I can't imagine why the gold leaf treatment would not work on your battery operated candles. I hope you give it a try because I would really like to know. And yes it is best to use gold leaf on candles that are larger. However, nothing really bad happens when the flames hit the gold...they just sizzle a little.
      we are having Duck a la orange today. Wish you were here to share.

  2. You are just amazing...how many times have I said that about you dear Gina. Oh and I adore that patina, what a glorious colour. I always love patina anyway and yours certainly is a wonderful hue. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Hugs from Kentucky~

    1. Dear Mary,
      You always make my day. That patina was such a surprise. I might have to try and see if I can replicate it. First I thought that it was ugly. Most likely because I expected to see gold.
      Hope you and your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving day. ox, Gina

  3. What a wonderful richness the gold leaf adds to the candles and decorative arrangement. Your talent is beautifully expressed. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Gina.

    1. Dear Lorrie,
      I think that you would like this project. The candles would make wonderful presents. A present that is unusual and practical and yet has a little bit of Christmas tradition attached.
      Thank you for your very nice compliment. Hope you also had a wonderful Thanksgiving.