Hello everyone, today I’m sharing clear ornaments with silver leaf.
This month’s 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 Michaels for $5, pretty good right?
Silver leafing can be a bit messy, so I suggest putting a drop cloth or paper underneath when making this ornament 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 for the Leafing
Step 1: Adding the Leafing Glue
After adding your adhesive, let it dry. By the way the glue with be a white color. It will dry clear and become tacky.
I use throw away sponge brushes for this step because a brush can get sticky.
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 on the balls. Especially because less leaf is wasted, and I find it easier to work with for clear ornaments with silver leaf.
Smoothing the Silver Leaf
Step 2: Smoothing the Silver Leaf After Application
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 imperfection of the leaf adds the aged look to 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?