What types of surfaces can I apply Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding to?
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Sheets can be applied to wood, tin/metal, paper mache, terra cotta, canvas, plastic, plaster, glass and ceramic.
How shall I prepare a surface for gilding?
Surface preparation will vary based on the surface you're using. Keep reading to learn how to prepare surfaces such as wood, paper mache, tin/metal, terra cotta, glass and ceramics, and other surfaces for use with Martha Stewart Gilding.
- Wood: sand smooth with fine grit sandpaper, wipe away sawdust. Basecoat paint using Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint. Allow to dry; sand smooth and reapply basecoat.
- Tin/Metal: Wash with soap and water; wipe with white vinegar-dampened cloth. Basecoat paint using Martha Stewart Crafts Spray Paint Kit and Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint color of choice.
- Paper Mache: Wipe clean with damp cloth and basecoat using Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint.
- Terra Cotta: Wipe clean; seal pot interior with paint or two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Sprayable Satin Enamel Finish.
- Canvas: Wipe primed canvas clean; if unprimed, apply two coats of gesso primer.
- Plastic: Wipe clean with damp cloth.
- Plaster: Wipe clean with damp cloth.
- Glass/Ceramics: Wash with soap and water; wipe with rubbing alcohol-dampened cloth. Let dry 15: 30 minutes.
What tools or supplies should I have on hand when applying Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding?
When gilding a project, you will need Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive, Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Brushes, and Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Gloves, and for an optional finish, the Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Enamel Spray.
How shall I apply Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding Sheets?
Using the Martha Stewart Crafts white pillow-top Gilding Brush, apply one even thin coat of Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive to the prepared project surface. To best achieve a smooth finish and fewer brush strokes, apply Martha Stewart Gilding Adhesive in one direction and then lightly brush perpendicular to that direction while still wet.
Allow adhesive to air dry until surface feels tacky. NOTE: It is best to wear use the Martha Stewart Gilding Gloves while working with the actual gilding sheets as the oils from your skin may discolor or tarnish the metallic sheets. These sheets are VERY lightweight and have a “fly away” tendency. Carefully remove a square gilding sheet and its waxed backing sheet from the pack. Keeping the waxed backing and gilding sheet intact, carefully lay the sheet of gilding directly onto the prepared surface, keeping the backing sheet toward you, gilding sheet down. Using the waxed backing sheet as a protective layer, press and smooth the gilding sheet to the surface by gently rubbing. Lift to remove backing sheet from the gilding sheet. If cracks are found, you can add more gilding to fill in the holes while the adhesive is still wet. Be careful not to disturb the gilding that you have already placed. Allow to dry 1–2 hours. Next, burnish the surface to remove the excess gilding sheet using the natural mop-style gilding brush. If desired, burnish over an open box to capture all loose particles of gilding which can be used on future projects. If desired, finish with Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Enamel Spray to seal and protect your gilded project. It is not recommended to use a water based sealer because it may tarnish your gilding sheets.
What other helpful hints are there when crafting with Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding Sheets?
Gilding sheets can be cut into smaller, more manageable squares for easier handling or when working on smaller surfaces.
It is best not to work under a far or in an area with a lot of air motion as the gilding sheets are very lightweight and will “fly away.” Try to capture excess pieces while burnishing as they can be reused on future projects. Touching the metallic gilding sheets with oily, dirty or greasy hands may discolor or tarnish their beautiful sheen; it is best to protect your project by wearing cotton gilding gloves.