Happy Summer, it’s time for another Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! This time I am glamming up some $1 earrings and a small bowl with gold gilding and let me tell you, I am now addicted to this stuff! I love how bright the gold makes everything look. You just can’t get that look from acrylic paint.
However there is a gilding paint available and I have some, but I haven’t used it yet. The paint version can be a bit toxic with strong fumes and it’s too hot to open a window around here right now, so I opted to try the gold sheets and gilding adhesive instead first.
Let me show how easy it is to make a plain pair of earrings look like a million bucks and a simple bowl into a trendy jewelry bowl.
DIY Gold Gilded Earrings and Jewelry Bowl
- A pair of earrings, mine were $1 shell disc earrings
- 2 jump rings
- 2 earring hooks
- Small bowl
- Gilding adhesive
- Gold gilding sheets
- Soft natural bristle brush
- Small paint brush
- Cotton gilding gloves
- Spray or liquid sealer
Clean and remove any oil or dust from the surfaces you are going to add the gold to.
Paint a thin layer of gilding adhesive using the small paint brush onto the area where you want to add gold accents. Let the adhesive dry for around 15 minutes.
TIP: Wearing cotton gloves enables you to handle the gold sheets so they will not stick to your hands and come apart.
Lay the sheet of gold over the area you applied the adhesive. In this case, it was easier to lay the bowl on the gold sheet.
Gently press the sheet down over the adhesive painted areas. If you miss a spot just add more adhesive and press a scrap of the gold sheet over it to fill it in. Let it dry for 1-2 hours.
Using the soft bristle brush gently sweep away the extra leftover gold from the area, then seal with your favorite sealant. I had some spray shellac on hand, so I used it. I think liquid sealant painted on would be a better choice and less sticky. Let the sealant dry per manufacturers instructions and that’s it!
TIP: Paint only the outside of items used with food and hand wash only.
I added new gold jewelry findings to my earrings to snaz them up even more. Their transformation is so cool! They are my new fav earrings for summer!
I am so in love with gilding, I have literally been searching the house for more things that need some glam!
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