Dazzling Gold Crackle Raven Skull

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Looking for an easy way to add some glam to your spooky decor? This Gold Crackle Raven Skull is super simple and makes a great statement piece! For more creepy decor see my Halloween page. 

Gold Gilded Raven Skull

Gold home decor is trendier than ever this year and Halloween decorations are no exception. I used liquid gold gilding to bring out the luster of real gold to this project.

Applying liquid gilding to foam creates a crackled effect. For this project, I believe it enhanced the spookiness of the skull. I have to admit I am a little addicted to gilding when the paint dries it adds such a beautiful sparkle to projects.

Gold is trendier than ever this year and Halloween decor is no exception. I used gold liquid gilding for this project. I was hoping for a beautiful gold mirrored effect but it turns out gilding and foam do not mix well together!

As I was applied the gilding I noticed the foam starts changing into a crackling effect. When the gilding dried it had a sparkling gold finish with a rough, cracked effect. So I went with it~ To make it look like a more bronzed gold I dusted it with black paint using a dry brush technique.

Gold Crackle Raven Skull

Supplies:

how to guild on a foam skull

Instructions:

liquid gilding on a foam

Push four toothpicks into the bottom of the foam skull as a stand so you can paint it.

Tip: When using liquid gilding please follow the safety instructions on the package. Use this paint in a well-ventilated area and always use gloves. The fumes and solution can be toxic. 

Paint the skull with the gilding using thin layers of paint. The more paint you have on your brush the more crackle effect start to form. Less is more when using gilding on foam.

add shadows to foam skull

Let the gilding dry for a few hours. Using a stiff natural paint brush, dry brush black acrylic paint into the creases of the skull.

Lightly dip the brush ends into the paint and wipe most of it off on a  paper towel before applying to the skull. Paint the bottom of the skull black.  Let the paint dry completely.

Take the large faux crow and bend the wire feet straight down and insert the wire into the foam. You can use low-temp glue to secure if desired. Let the paint dry completely and display!

DIY Gold Skull for Halloween

Raven Skull on a pedestal

I hope you have enjoyed my DIY Dazzling Gold Crackle Raven Skull tutorial! I know it will be a great Halloween decoration for years to come! 

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Gold Gilded Skull Halloween Prop

Gold Skull Raven, Crows with a skull

Check out more of my Halloween Projects~

Skull Wreath

Skull Wreath

Ghost Silhouettes

Haunted Ghost Silhouettes

 

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Welcome to Made in a Day, I'm Kim, the home & lifestyle blogger, former wig stylist, floral designer, and now Park Lane Stylist behind the blog. Living seaside in Southern California, my blog is where I share my love of DIY coastal decor, digital art prints, fun fashion DIYs, and great recipes. I also write about my experience as a former wig stylist who now wears a hair topper!

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