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That Gold Leaf Project

That Gold Leaf Project

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About the Project

This all started out with me asking an art supply store clerk about a way to really elevate some minis in a way that I'd never done before. After some thinking he asked "Have you ever tried gold leaf?" I'm going to talk about how I went about using the stuff and the tools and techniques to do it. :)

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Just what do you need for this?

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Putting gold leaf on the minis is a pretty straight-forward simple process, but it is in no way a fast one. The “glue” which is called size or gesso has to cure for a bit before it becomes properly tacky to receive the leaf. And keeping your work area tidy can be problematic if you don’t take proper care.

Alright, so let’s start talking what you need to do this. 🙂

Just what do you need for this?

This gold leaf is basically very thin gold leaf scraps, think of it like big pieces of adult glitter. I chose the Variegated Spring color blend because I thought that exclusively gold would have little highlighting or visual interest. My thought was that the random color changes would help with the visual interest concern.

Just what do you need for this?

Gold is actually surprisingly translucent and needs a bright undercoat to help warm it up and increase it’s luster.  A black undercoat increases its shine but dims its “goldenness” a lot like painting over black, likewise a white undercoat tends to wash out the “goldenness” and makes it look milky.

I learned that bright red is used as the primer/undercoat in other gilding processes. Red Contrast paint over Wraithbone primer allows me to get the right setup in the least amount of time.

Speedball Size is ready for use in 30 minutes after application.Speedball Size is ready for use in 30 minutes after application.

So all that sounds fast so far, right?

Well here it all slows down. The size is the special glue that the leaf will adhere to. It gets painted on with a brush just the same way you would do with paint.

I chose Speedball size because it is ready for application after just 30 minutes rather than the more “proper” size which must sit for 24 hours before applying leaf.

The window for applying the leaf is probably about 30 minutes, before it starts to lose its tackiness to hold the gold properly.

So that’s a quick description of the big players on the component side. Next time on That Gold Leaf Project we’ll talk about workplace setup and mini prep.

Why? Just Why?

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The first concept miniThe first concept mini

This all started out with me asking an art supply store clerk about a way to really elevate some minis in a way that I’d never done before.

After some thinking he asked “Have you ever tried gold leaf?”

I’m going to talk about how I went about using the stuff and the tools and techniques to do it. And maybe a little bit about the lunacy that gets me into stuff like this… 😀 😛 😀

A Golden Lloyd ShotA Golden Lloyd Shot

The gold leaf is surprisingly malleable and the whole process is really simple.

But not fast.  And potentially it can be very messy to clean up if you don’t take the correct precautions.

Oooh, that sounds ominous!

What could it mean? Find out next time, in the next installment of That Gold Leaf Project.

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