FIRST, A LITTLE Q&A
What's Metal Leaf all about?
Well, it's very thin sheets of metal, separated by pieces of tissue, that are applied to a surface using Gold Size (basically a glue that remains sticky even after it dries).
Annie has two different kinds of Metal Leaf, what's the difference between them?
Here it is in a nutshell:
Why do we love using Metal Leaf?
Because it's easy to use and it's wildly impressive!
Paint the surface using Chalk Paint® in Aubusson Blue. Sand lightly if the surface is uneven, using the fine grade Annie Sloan Sanding Pad.
Apply a layer of Annie Sloan Gold Size using a Small Flat Brush. Wash your brush in water immediately!
Place a sheet from the Annie Sloan Transfer Leaf Booklet, face down, backing sheet up. Brush firmly all over with a dry Small Flat Brush to flatten the sheet, being careful not to get any of the Gold Size on your brush. Gently peel back the backing paper.
Repeat with the next Transfer Leaf sheet, carefully lining up with the previous one. Gently remove any excess on the overlap with the dry Small Flat Brush. Continue building up in this way until you have covered the desired area.
To protect your gilded surface, evenly apply Chalk Paint® Clear Lacquer with a Small Flat Brush. This will dry perfectly clear. To maintain your finish, use mild soapy water and avoid harsh chemicals.
ANNIE'S TOP TIP: By necessity the Transfer Leaf sheets are very thin and carry a certain amount of static. To avoid the leaves sticking to your hands, Annie recommends rubbing a small amount of baby powder over your fingers and palms. It will make for stress-free gilding!
There you have it! Easy, right?
This same method can easily be applied to other large, flat surfaces like some of the ones we've done over the years.
Give Metal Leaf a try and you'll be sure to wow your family and friends. :-)
As always, just reach out to us if you have any questions.
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