leafing work #1: Gold discovered at The Castle

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 03-26-2015 08:16 AM 2043 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You may have seen the Mad Jesters Coffin post.

Well I saw it and I was impessed.

So a trip to the Art Shed was in order for some Gold leaf.

274 Montague Road (corner of Scott Street) West End QLD 4101 Brisbane Australia
Phone: (07) 38461330
Fax: (07) 3846 3330 y

I also found some Copper and Silver leaf as well.

I opened the Gold pack for a practice run

It is used with a bonding adhesive called size.

I cut a small piece of wood drilled a hole in it and sanded it down to replicate a bullion Bar.

The application of the Gold Leaf is reasonably straight foward, simply apply the size, wait for it to dry then manipuating the gold leaf onto the piece and then rubbing gently with a brush. It is tissue thin and so a draft free area would be recommended. You will also need to wear cotton gloves otherwise it will stick to your fingers.

Here are the final results.

I presented it to my wife, she thought it was very nice but didnt like the ARMY Hoochie Cord I used !!

Cannot understand why!

Closure: It is recommended that it be treated with clear lacquer to prevent tarnishing.

What is the material? The Gold I am not sure but its reported you can eat it! may be cake makers use it,
The Silver is aluminium, and
The Copper is actual copper

A Post attachment Info Fact:

Just to clarify or educate (obviously Gold Smugglers already know this !)

Edible gold leaf is a gold product that can be used to decorate food. In candy-making it can be used to cover whole candies like chocolates or truffles, or applied sparingly as a small decorative touch.
Is Gold Leaf Really Edible?
In most cases, yes. Gold is considered “biologically inert,” meaning it passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed. When selecting gold leaf, make sure to get gold that is as pure as possible—this means 22-24 carats. Gold leaf with a smaller carat value has more impurities and is less safe to eat. If you are careful and buy gold leaf that is clearly labeled as “edible” and has 22-24 carats, eating gold leaf is harmless.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 08:43 AM

Is the bonding agent here rabbit hide glue? That is what they once used when they guilded river boat carvings.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 08:47 AM

Big Al

I am not sure just what it is, it looks like runny acrylic contact adhesive washes up with water.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 02:04 PM

I’ve used an imitation gold leaf before. Not this brand, but I was impressed with how well it stands up over time.
I used it for some lettering on a name sign on our gate and after about five years outside it still looks quite good.
It’s no substitute for the real thing but then neither is the price. :-)

Love the gold bar!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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DeLayne Peck

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 05:09 PM

Really, Rob? You’re encouraging saw dust covered, mangy, old wood workers to go into places like Hobby Lobby? I bought fabric recently and the women looked at me like a member of ISIS at a Navy SEAL convention.

Thanks for the Tip!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 07:45 PM

I presented it to my wife, she thought it was very nice but didnt like the ARMY Hoochie Cord I used !!

Cannot understand why!

She must be a 550 cord fan :-)

-- You got to be tough if your going to be stupid. Jason

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 01:22 AM

Love the gold bar Rob.
It really looks real.
I’ve had some of this leaf for ages, must get around to using some.
Thanks for the inspiration.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 03-29-2015 12:22 AM

There’s gold in them there hills…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 04-02-2015 01:13 PM

Looks great Robert. I would go for the fake gold leaf everytime considering the cost of the real thing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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