Gold foil is a beautiful material that you can adorn material objects with. It has been used for ages, and can be applied to almost anything. Here are six things to consider before buying gold leaf for craft
Verify Whether It Is Real
When you buy gold and silver leaf, you should make sure that you are buying real gold and silver—not materials that have been sold as gold and silver. It is especially important to know whether you have real gold or silver leaf when you are creating crafts that are going to be sold or put in shows. You want to know what to price your products. You do not want to accidentally charge customers for items that have fake gold or silver leaf on them. The way that you do this is to do some research about the country where your gold or silver leaf came from. Look into what types of seals, symbols, and markings are put on official gold and silver by the government where your materials come from.
Many times, gold and silver leaf feel very light. This may be alarming to some people, because the perceived lightness may make the gold or silver leaf appear fake. However, it is quite normal for gold or silver leaf to feel light. If the leaf weighs less than it should, it is fake. The way to determine whether the leaf is the proper weight is to multiple the amount of leaf that you purchased by the karat of silver
or gold that you bought. If the number that you get comes out to less than what you were supposed to get, the gold or silver leaf that you bought might be fake.
How You Will Have Physical Contact With It
Prior to buying silver or gold leaf, consider how you will touch it. If you directly hold it with your hand, you can easily wrinkle it. If you want to minimize the chance of wrinkling it, touch it as little as possible. If you want to avoid touching more than one sheet of silver or gold leaf, you can use soft-nose tweezers.
Know How Gold Leaf Is Made
Before you even buy gold leaf, you should have an idea of how it is made. Gold leaf consists of gold that has been beaten down into sheets. It can be found in different shades and karats. The most frequently used type of gold that is made into gold leaf is 22 karat yellow gold. It is decorative material that is used to embellish the surfaces of various items. It glows in dim light and shines stunningly in the sun.
Know The Prices of Gold and Gold Leaf
You should definitely have an understanding of the prices of gold, as well as the prices of gold leaf. Understanding the value of gold and the value of a given amount of gold foil will give you the ability to find the best value and not get ripped off. For example, as of November 7th, 2019, the price of a 24 karat, 25 sheet booklet of 3 1/8” gold foil pieces would cost about $50.00. An ounce of pure gold, as of that date, was worth $1,513.40. The smallest gold piece, 1/10 of an ounce of gold, as of that date, was worth about $73.43.
What You Are Going To Do With It
You should have an idea of what, exactly, you are going to do with the gold foil once you purchase it. After all, it can be a relatively costly investment. Do you just want to have gold leaf
sitting around? Is there a particular thing that you want to do with it? Do you want to gild objects with it?
Learn How To Gild
Gold leaf is commonly used for gilding. So, this is a skill that you should learn. First, choose the object that you want to gild. Cover parts of the surface that you do not want to gild with painter’s tape. Smooth down the surface that you want to gild, and add primer to it. The primer should be gilding primer. If you use regular primer, make sure to add bole, a pigmented paint, beforehand.