Antiquing glaze creates the soft glow of slightly tarnished silver.

Gilding Kits

Includes all the tools and materials to apply imitation gold leaf. Set contains one 4 oz. bottle of Gilding Size, natural hair brush, cotton and mixing sticks, wet/dry paper and book of leaf. Water-based. Each book contains 25 leaves.
Each leaf is 5.5" x 5.5" square. Approx coverage is 5.25 sq. ft.

$ 24.95



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That's 20 books per pack - or 500 leaves.

Also available in Rolls.
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Gold Leaf Basics

Leaf Size Details
Leaf Coverage
Alloys and Karats
Types of Leaf



Genuine Leaf
  Genuine Gold Leaf
  Silver Leaf
  Palladium Leaf
Metal Leaf
  Composition Gold Leaf
  Aluminum Leaf
  Copper Leaf
  Variegated Leaf
Sizes and Adhesives
  Size and Adhesives

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Sepp Metal Composition Leaf  books gold pack of 20

Metal Composition Leaf Packs -
20 Books
Gold - Aluminum - Copper

Made from various metallic alloys that simulate gold or silver. Items covered with imitation leaf will tarnish unless they are varnished or sealed. Sheets of imitation leaf are approximately 5 in. x 5 in. 25 sheets per book, 20 books to a pack. Copper leaf is genuine copper.



Transform everyday objects into heirlooms.
The process known as Gilding simply means the application of
gold, silver and copper leaf to a surface that has been properly prepared with an adhesive known as 'gilder's size'. 


Silver Leafing Techniques

Gold Leafing Techniques

Silver Leafing

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Transform everyday objects into heirlooms. Silver leafing can add charm and personality to even the most ordinary objects.

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Gold Leafing

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Gold Leafing might be just the right accent you're looking for! These straight forward step-by-step methods helps get the job done right.

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Bole - Traditionally, bole is a term that identifies a pigmented clay. This clay acts as the base, or cushion, for the subsequent layer of gold leaf. Classically terre-cotta in color, the clay can be built up quickly, then polished to a very smooth surface. 

Contemporary gilding does not use clay, but simulates the effect by adding a colored paint that replicates the clay effect.

Size - General term used to identify the adhesive that attaches the leaf to a surface. 

There are different types of size, depending on the form of gilding. 

Water gilding uses a gelatin size and Animal hide glues.
Oil gilding (most common ) uses a oil-based size.
Acrylic gilding uses a water based size.
Gilding on glass
uses a gelatin size.


Quick-dry synthetic gold sizing is a clear gilders size designed for fast leaf work. Dries in one to three hours, can be used as a varnish, medium, or anywhere a durable, weather resistant finish is required. Thins with mineral spirits, and comes in an 8 ounce re-sealable can.


Holiday - A gilders term that refers to an area were the leaf did not initially adhere.

Tack - Refers to the state of the adhesive size. Proper tack for gilding is the point when the size is not longer wet, but not fully dry, hence it is 'tacky' or just slightly sticky.

Skewings - The bits of leaf that are left over after a surface has been completely gilded. Skewings can be saved for other projects, making excellent fillers for patching holidays.


Aluminum Leaf

Dutch Gold or
composition leaf

Aluminum Leaf imitates the illusion of genuine Silver, at a fraction of the cost. Each individual sheet is bigger and easier to handle then its genuine counter part.

Purchase Aluminum Leaf
Purchase 23 kt. Leaf

The same applies for 'Dutch Gold', or 'Composition Leaf'. But due to the large brass content, this imitation gold must have a sealer applied to prevent tarnishing, unlike genuine gold leaf.

Purchase Composition Leaf
Purchase 23 kt. Leaf

Antiquing Tutorials

"Classic antique glaze"
This glaze mixture is the essential antique color recipe. Understand what colors to use, and how to mix them. Including accent antique methods like weathering, physical distressing, and creating fly specks and worm holes.
Antiquing with oil glazes 
What are Universal tinters, Japan colors or artist oil paint? Create the exact glaze you want, using the right materials.
Antiquing with water based glazes 
Whether you use Artist acrylic paints or Universal tinters as you colorant you can create the perfect antique glaze.
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