Gilded Stenciling on Glass Tutorial

Are you looking for a hostess gift that is distinctive without breaking the bank?  How about a bottle of your favorite sparkling juice or wine that is enhanced with a touch of gilding?  The process is quite simple and requires only a few supplies to create an elegant and memorable gift. Add a hand-painted stemware holder and a pair of glasses for a complete ensemble.

First a note about the adhesive of choice.  To apply leafing using stencils, use Rebecca Baer® Gilded Stenciling Adhesive to save yourself a lot of frustration and mess.  Do not use regular, mass-market leafing Adhesive with stencils.  It is too thin and will seep beneath the stencil causing a sticky mess. If you wipe the brush to remove sufficient adhesive to avoid seepage, the brush will not deposit enough adhesive to adhere the leafing.

Gilded Bottle
Before gilding, dust the surface with talcum powder and sweep off as much as possible.  This serves to neutralize any fingerprints or oils that may be on the glass.

Next, position the stencil motif on the bottle and secure with low-tack tape.  Use the larger narrow motif from the RB Wisps & Waves stencil to gild the segments of the bottle as shown in the photo.  

Then pick up a small amount of RB Gilded Stenciling Adhesive on a clean, dry stencil brush.  Wipe the brush well on a dry paper towel to remove excess adhesive.  An inadequately wiped brush will allow adhesive to seep beneath the stencil.  Pounce over the stencil until the motif is covered.  Remove the stencil from the surface. (place in warm water to facilitate cleaning) Allow the adhesive to set up a minute or more. The adhesive must be dry; it will turn completely clear. 

Adhere mixed composition gold and aluminum leafing flakes to the adhesive by pressing in place with a firm brush.   This is an ideal use for leftover leafing remnants from other projects.  If you have no reserved flakes create them as follows.  Place two sheets of each type of leafing into a small container.  Use scissors to chop the leafing into bits as shown.
Creating Flakes

To remove excess leafing from unwanted areas, push the leaf with a semi-stiff brush, such as a clean, dry stencil brush, to tear and remove loose leafing from the areas where there is no adhesive.

Buff the surface with a very soft cloth such as a swiffer dry dusting cloth.  If there are breaks in the leafing, they can be patched by repeating the above procedure or they can remain as is according to your preference.

The gilded stripes shown encircling the neck of the bottle are created with the leafing flake mixture adhered with RB Double-stick craft tape.

*Finishing leaf: When applying a finish over your leafed project, keep in mind that a matte finish will give the leafing a dull look.  If you would like for the leafing to shine, use either satin or gloss varnish.   When gilding on glass I use gloss varnish directly over the leafed areas but not extending onto the surrounding glass.

Cleaning the stencil 
Gilding Sundries
Due to the intricate detail of the stencil it is delicate and must be cleaned carefully.  Place the stencil in warm water as soon as possible.  Allow the stencil to soak so that the residual adhesive is soft.  You can then easily rub it off using your fingers.  Avoid using a brush or other tool to clean the stencil as you may bend the mylar.

Supply Links
Stemware Holder Surface
RB Wisps & Waves stencil
RB Gilded Stenciling Adhesive
Gold & Aluminum Leafing
Double-Stick Craft Tape

Holiday Cheers
Calla Lily Celebration

Faux Finish Stemware Holder

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