Hello everyone, today I’m sharing clear ornaments with silver leaf.
This months challenge is anything with clear ornaments. This is a fun challenge and I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas.
I purchased plastic Christmas balls from Michael’s for $5, pretty good right?
Silver leafing can be a bit messy so I suggest putting a drop cloth or paper underneath when doing this project. As you can tell from the paper I have been busy with mess y projects.
This product has been much improved from years ago therefore, don’t let the phrase “a bit of a mess” scare you off.
Let’s Begin with Adding Adhesive
After adding your adhesive, let it dry. It dries clear and will become tacky.
I use throw away sponge brushes for this step because a brush can get sticky and ruined.
Adding Silver Leafing
It’s also important not to use too much adhesive. It’s best to make sure it’s smooth and has no bubbles.
As an example, I find it best to apply the silver leaf in small sections at a time. Especially because less leaf is wasted and I found it easier to work with for clear ornaments with silver leaf.
Smoothing the Silver Leaf
The leaf needs to be smoothed and for this step I find a stencil brush works best.
This craft isn’t too time consuming however, it takes patience. Overlapping of leaf is normal and the imperfections of the leaf adds the aged look of the ornaments.
Apologies for not having more pictures. This is a relaxing project and I forgot to stop to take pictures.
Piled into me French wired basket they look pretty sitting on a Christmas book on my bookshelf.
Now hop over to visit Christine at Pallet and Pantry to see her ornament.
I hope you think about giving clear ornaments with silver leafing a try?