Monday, 3 November 2014

The Very Best Gilding Craft Projects...

We, at Relics of Witney, are enthralled with the process of gilding. To be able to bring such life, such sparkle, such magic to everyday objects, particularly at this time of year, gives us a special kind of crafty thrill. In this post, we present to you a round-up of the very best gilding craft projects out there, from the easy everyday right through to those festive jaw-droppers that Santa himself would be proud of.

For example, what do you think about this incredible gilded craft: a map art tutorial using gold leaf?

Gilded Map Art (would personally use silver leaf, but the idea is awesome!)

Our gorgeous gold leaf gilded terracotta pots invoked an avalanche of compliments over Christmas last year. Find the full tutorial here. You can find our special variegated leaf here.

...or try this tutorial for another take on gilded terracotta pots...

DIY Gilded Terracotta Pots

gilded pine cone garland will add more than a touch of rustic luxe this Christmas.

Follow our simple gilded pine cone tutorial using Liberon's Gilt Cream to create one of your own this Christmas.

Find out how to make these beautiful gilded seashells here:

Easy Seashell Craft: How to Make Gilded Seashells with Gold Leaf Paint and Gold Leaf Sheets

These simple but eye-catching pebbles are gilded using gold leaf. The tutorial uses an ingenious method to create really intricate designs using gold leaf.

DIY gold leaf rocks. Perfect combo of nature and sparkle!

Aren't these gilded gold leaf balloons glorious? We love projects like these that give fantastic results even for beginners.

{how-to | the top six best DIY's of the moment : gold edition}

We found a tutorial for these gilded table numbers here. Wouldn't they be perfect for a wedding?

gilded table numbers diy #diytablenumbers #weddingreception #weddingchicks

As these next projects show, it's possible to gild onto a number of different surfaces, including glass. In this tutorial, Mason Jars are given a new lease of life. Use our gold leaf to get the same effect.

Upgrade your dinner table with gilded DIY vases and votives. Use a foam brush to apply adhesive to the outside of a mason jar in small, irregular patches. When the sticky substance turns clear—in about 30 minutes— press on sheets of gold leaf. Then, rub away excess flecks with a paper towel for a lovely weathered patina.

Stencil How-to: Reverse Stenciling and Gilding on Glass (Going to do this to my kitchen chairs)

For the more adventurous among you, have you considered using gold leaf to gild an entire piece of furniture? This tutorial is fantastic...

Martha Stewart takes through a gilded craft project here, with a step by step guide to gilding a lamp shade.

DIY Gilded Floor Lampshade from Martha Steward : I had no idea how gilding was done. Martha makes it easy.

Find out how to make a gilded letter edge here. This would be a perfect craft project for ultra-smart Christmas cards. See our full range of different coloured leaf for a full range of effects.

how to make a gilded edge envelope - Gold Bow Stationery | Damask Love Blog

If you're itching to get started with gilding projects, then take a look at our Gilding Kit, which includes: 25 sheets of gold leaf, 40ml of acrylic gold size, a small pack of steel wool, gilding base coat and 25ml of antiquing wax. 

At only £14.99, this Gilding Kit is fantastic value for money, and would make a perfect present for the crafters in your life!

And now, it's time for us to get going with Christmas gilding craftproject of our own, which we'll be sharing next month.... 

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