When I posted the Antler Tray, blogger/friend Ginene at Fox & Finch antiques made a comment about working with gold leaf. She had never used it before and had been wanting to give it a try. I suggested we should have some fun and do it together. Hence, came our “HandCrafted Home” blog hop series. I invited a couple other bloggers to join the fun and they loved idea . Each of us chose our own project to add a touch of gold and hope to inspire you to “Glam” things up. So let’s get started with seeing my object of desire. I’ve been eyeing these designer agate gold coasters and as you clearly see the price tag is a bit steep (for me that is).
I knew they would look fabulous on my antler tray when serving drinks but they are simply not in the budget. Last week during my mountain trip we popped into a Gem store. Low and behold – guess what was sitting on counter in a box – a bunch of agate slices. I’m sure you can imagine how happy I was!! Yayyyyyyy.. and to make it even better….they were $4.00 ea. (insert heel click).
Aren’t they pretty! On our journey back home – we stopped at Michael’s to get the rest of the supplies to give these babies their glam appeal
Here is the small list of supplies:
- Gold leaf flakes (or you can use liquid gold paint)
- a small paint brush
- gold leaf adhesive
- rubber bottoms (optional but best)
Step 1 – using the paint brush, coat the edge of the slice. Wait about 2 minutes (until the glue has a bit of a sticky feel)
Step 2 – using tweezers grab small portions of the flakes and adhere to the edge. After I did my first one, I actually rolled the edge small sections at a time across the flakes and they clung right to it. I used a brush to take off the loose edges.
Step 3 – allow time to dry
Step 4 – brush edge with sealant and allow more time to dry
See how beautiful they look now!
Of course you know I was thrilled!
They look perfect on the tray to be served with drinks
Elegant enough for my Culver glassware
For the $31.00 I was able to accomplish the designer look for a fraction of the prices
The total cost of my coasters is $31.00 and I can’t be happier with the finished product. I hope this has inspired you to give gold leafing a try to go Glam things up! For more inspiration visit the other ladies who joined the Blog-Hop!