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My completed DIY gold bowls

Having made a post a while back about DIY gold leaf vases, I decided to try it myself, after all that is what this blog is all about!  And finally the project is complete and the bowls can be photographed!

Here they are:

Some things I learnt through this process:

  • I decided not to use the gold leaf, as originally thought.  I spoke to somebody at an art shop and they thought gold paint was just as effective (and a whole lot cheaper!).  I decided to give it a bash, and am really glad.  It looks very striking and you can’t see the paint strokes.  In order to do this, I painted alternate layers in opposite directions, that way the streaks were covered over.
  • I found a can of white gloss spray paint in the garage and used that on the outside.  Using spray paint is way quicker than painting on-I would highly recommend it!  And the gloss makes it look quite snazzy.
  • To make the decoupage, I blew up balloons (not fully though) and with masking tape attached a slice of polystyrene cup to the top of the balloon (which has made the base of the bowl which it now stands on).  As you can see from the pic, the two bowls have different size bases.  The reason-I used the top of the polystyrene cup for the one, and the bottom of the polystyrene cup for the other!
  • I used watered down wood glue for the decoupage, rather than flour and water.  It dried a whole lot quicker and made it far sturdier.  I highly recommend it.
  • I didn’t pop the balloon once I was finished, I simple peeled it away from the hardened decoupage (which was a good 7 layers thick).
  • I made sure to smooth down each and every piece of newspaper, so that there were no bumps, as they tend to get accentuated when the final product is painted.

As you can see, this blog most certainly isn’t here to show off my amazing photographic skills, far from it!  But I hope this has given you a taster of what you can do at home with just some glue, newspaper and some odd paint lying around!


Posted by on July 20, 2012 in DIY, Inspiration


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Gold leaf vases & bowls for a uber luxury look

I found this article in the latest Ideas Magazine and it inspired me to get creative.  I have never heard of gold leafing before, but I’m giving it a try this week.  The difference between this technique and say, just painting gold paint onto an object, from what I’ve discovered, is that this creates a look much more alike to real gold, whereas gold paint will most likely have streaks and still look like paint.

It is similar in technique to decoupage-you paint a thin layer of glue onto the object, wait for it to get a bit sticky and then gently place a piece of the gold paper onto the glue.  You can finish it off with a coat of varnish as an optional extra.

The Deckle Edge sell gold leaf at R65 for 25 14cm x 14cm sheets.  Apparently you don’t need to buy the glue, you can just use diluted cold/wood glue.

In the article, one great idea which they had was to paper mache bowls and then gold leaf the inside of the bowl, while painting the outside of the bowl another colour (they used black and white).  To paper mache bowls, all you have to do is blow up a balloon, cut out and stick the bottom of a polystyrene cup onto the top of the balloon (for a base), and use diluted wood glue to stick layer after layer of newspaper around the top of the balloon & polystyrene base.  It’s easiest if you rest the balloon upside down in a mug so it stays put.

I’m in the process of making my paper mache bowls at the moment…hopefully a post next week will be my finished products!


Posted by on June 20, 2012 in DIY, Miscellaneous


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