Fall is upon us and this Gold Leaf Vase is the perfect addition to your décor. This can be made easily with any shape glass vase you love at Old Time Pottery. Then just grab a few more supplies from the craft store to get started.
Start with a glass vase and some paint made for glass. To get the translucent look of my vase, grab Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels in the color of your choice. I decided on red for my vase. Also the best way to paint on this type of paint is with a make-up sponge. This will keep the brush marks to a minimum.
Apply two coats of the red paint allowing it to dry completely in between coats. After your second coat of paint has dried, be sure to bake your vase according to the instructions on the back of the paint bottle. This will insure that the paint is permanent and will not come off later.
After your vase has been baked and cooled, it is time to add some gold leave. You will need painter’s tape, spray adhesive, paper, and gold leaf. Gold leaf can be found in any craft or hobby store.
Mask off a slanted line on your vase with painter’s tape. Then tape on paper to completely cover the areas where you don’t want to add leafing. Also fill the vase with something to prevent the adhesive from getting inside.
Take your vase OUTSIDE and use the spray adhesive. A nice even coat is required on the surface you want to leaf.
Remove the painter’s tape and masking immediately after bringing your vase back inside. Carefully start adding gold leaf sheets to the adhesive area. The sheets are extremely thin. Use the backing paper that will be part of the package to help you lift the sheets.
Once the area is completely covered, use a soft bristled paint brush to start pressing down your gold leaf.
The gold leaf will start to fall off in areas where there is no adhesive. Continue around with the brush until the excess gold leaf is off of your vase. NOTE that I did have some gold leaf stick in the areas where the masking tape was present. I really liked the look so I left it and did not try to remove.
A good way to clean up the excess gold leaf is by using a piece of duct tape. The leaf will stick to the duct tape then you can discard. To protect your gold leaf, add a coat of outdoor decoupage medium to the surface. Allow to dry completely before using your vase.