For my next trick I thought I would make some metallic embellishments out of these chipboard pieces:
IntroductionThis post is called "Metallic Embellishments Three Ways" for a reason! To make my metallic embellishments I thought I would show you three options on how to make them:
1. Gold embossing powder
2. Gold Leaf
3. Gold metallic paint
I will go through each method one by one and then at the end compare them side by side for shininess.
Gold Embossing MethodFor this method, you will need a gold metallic embossing powder and embossing ink.
Once they are all covered in powder, carefully pick them up using tweezers or similar tool, and use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder.
Gold Metallic Paint Method
Give each of the pieces a coat of white gesso and set them aside to dry for a few minutes. Work on one of the other methods meantime.
For this method you will need some gold leaf (real or imitation), gold size fluid or you can also use any kind of glue that dries tacky. Drying tacky is key as the gold leaf needs something to stick to.
Carefully take a sheet of gold leaf and lay it on top of each piece and press down with fingers or with a dry brush.
Work slowly and carefully and it will soon be free of the excess leaf, leaving your piece shiny and ready to use.
ConclusionSo we have three sets of embellishments with a gold metallic finish, but which one is shinier?
Three gold metallic words top to bottom - embossing, gold leaf, gold paint
So there we are, three sets of gold metallic embellishments using three different methods. These photos were taken at night but I think it is still clear which one is the most shiny - the gold leaf - but all three options have their benefits and uses, and they all have different costs to consider. If you want super shiny, try gold leaf; if you want texture try heat embossing; and if you want simple and probably cheapest try gold acrylic paint. If you don't like gold, try silver, copper or other metallic colours. There are endless options to add some metallic to your embellishments and into your projects!
I managed to take more photos in the daylight, what little there is right now, so here's another look at what was produced - embossed, gold leaf, metallic paint.
Which one is your favourite and why?
Hope you enjoyed this post. Till next time,
Empire of the Cat
IngredientsOrnamental Birdcages Shape Set D69C
Deco Stars D88S
Gold Rush embossing powder
Gold Leaf (real is pricey, imitation is cheaper)
Gold size (or glue that dries tacky)
Sunset Gold metallic paint