Sometimes, gold leaf adds a special touch to a project. Applied selectively the gold leaf reflects light in low light conditions adding contrast and emphasis. Michelle is our specialist in gold leaf.
Gold leafing is the process of applying a very thin layer of gold foil to a surface, in this case, glass, using a specialized adhesive. First, the piece of glass to be gold-leafed is covered with a resist and the exact shape of what will be gold leafed is cut out of the resist. After cutting the resist away, Michelle applies black low fire enamel paint to the exposed glass and lets in dry thoroughly. The remaining resist is removed and the glass is fired in the kiln to a1285 degrees F
After cooling, the glass is covered with resist again and cut away to reveal the painted surfaces. Adhesive is applied to the exposed glass and the gold foil is burnished onto the adhesive, smoothly. Finally, after drying, the remaining resist is removed and the gold leaf touched-up.