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Gilding Supplies

Bring an extra touch of luxury and shine to your craft creations and artworks with gilding supplies and accessories. Whether you are highlighting small areas or covering larger plains, we have a collection of metal leaf from silver aluminium to copper and affordable imitation gold leaf. Gilding brings a wonderful metallic quality that works across a range of materials from canvas to wood.

Preparing the Gilding Surface

To prepare the surface for gilding it needs to be non-porous so that the gilding size doesn't soak into the surface too much. You may need to sand and/or seal the surface first and make sure it is clean, dry and free from dust before starting to gild.

Applying the Gilding Size

The gilding size is the adhesive that is used to stick the metal leaf to the prepared surface. We have both oil and acrylic gilding size available. Apply the size to the areas that you wish the gold leaf to adhere to. Then after 15-20 minutes or so the size will become tacky and is then ready for the leaf to be applied.

Transfer or Loose

When gilding it is best to wear cotton gloves to avoid getting fingerprints on the gilding. It is also wise to make sure windows are closed so that the metal leaf doesn't get blown around the room. If using the metal leaf transfers then you can place the leaf onto the surface, very gently rub and then peel away the backing paper to leave the leaf attached. Transfers tends to be better for larger and flatter areas of gilding. Loose leaf is more suited to smaller or more detailed areas and is applied carefully with a soft gilders brush.

Finishing & Sealing

Once the size is dry you can brush off the excess (if any) and make touch ups where required. Then it is time to protect the finished gilding by applying a shellac varnish, sealer or universal lacquer. This prevents damage and oxidisation.

Acrylic Gold Size Acrylic Gold Size
£6.30
£5.90
In stock
Roberson Acrylic Gold Size This is an easy to use acrylic gold size and you will be ready for gilding in 15-20 minutes. 1-2 days open time.  This gold size can be used with metal leaf, gold leaf and bronze powders.  Recommended for use over a non-porous surface or one that has been sealed with shellac varnish.
Goldfinger - Rub On Metallic Finish Goldfinger - Rub On Metallic Finish
£13.00
£12.75
In stock
Goldfinger is an all purpose rub-on metallic paste which gives a professional finish with no sign of metallic particles or smears.  It is ideal for picture frame gilding, furniture mouldings, restoration work, model making and decoration of plster, clay, textiles, leather, paper or wood. Rub on metallic finish Buffs up to a fine lustre 22ml tube
Metal Leaf Aluminium Silver: 25 Loose Metal Leaf Aluminium Silver: 25 Loose
£6.40
Out of stock
Imitation Silver Leaf - Aluminium - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real silver for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Metal Leaf Aluminium Silver: 25 Transfer Metal Leaf Aluminium Silver: 25 Transfer
£7.89
Out of stock
Imitation Silver Leaf - Aluminium - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real silver for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Metal Leaf Copper No 0: 25 Loose Metal Leaf Copper No 0: 25 Loose
£7.10
3 in stock
Copper No 0 Leaf - Metal Leaf - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This metal leaf is for large areas and  is very economical. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Metal Leaf Copper No 0: 25 Transfer Metal Leaf Copper No 0: 25 Transfer
£8.89
3 in stock
Copper No 0 Leaf - Metal Leaf - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This metal leaf is for large areas and  is very economical. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Metal Leaf Imitation Gold No 2.5: 25 Loose Metal Leaf Imitation Gold No 2.5: 25 Loose
£6.40
Out of stock
Imitation Gold No 2.5 Metal Leaf - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Metal Leaf Imitation Gold No 2.5: 25 Transfer Metal Leaf Imitation Gold No 2.5: 25 Transfer
£8.20
Out of stock
Imitation Gold No 2.5 Metal Leaf - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Metal Leaf Imitation Warm Gold No 2: 25 Loose Metal Leaf Imitation Warm Gold No 2: 25 Loose
£6.40
Out of stock
Imitation Warm Gold No 2 Metal Leaf - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Metal Leaf Imitation Warm Gold No. 2: 25 Transfer Metal Leaf Imitation Warm Gold No. 2: 25 Transfer
£8.20
Out of stock
Imitation Warm Gold No 2 Metal Leaf - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Oil Gold Size 3-4 Hours 250ml Oil Gold Size 3-4 Hours 250ml
£12.10
Out of stock
Roberson Japanese Gold Size - Oil Gold Size 250ml This oil based gold size is for use with metal leaf, gold leaf and bronze powders. Use over any non-absorbent painted surface, canvas, panel, wall, glass or metal. If the surface is absorbent as with gesso, seal using a shellac varnish. Size is ready when sellotape tackiness is reached. Apply the leaf using absorbant cotton. Do not rub with lateral…

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Roberson Acrylic Gold Size This is an easy to use acrylic gold size and you will be ready for gilding in 15-20 minutes. 1-2 days open time.  This gold size can be used with metal leaf, gold leaf and bronze powders.  Recommended for use over a non-porous surface or one that has been sealed with shellac varnish.
Goldfinger is an all purpose rub-on metallic paste which gives a professional finish with no sign of metallic particles or smears.  It is ideal for picture frame gilding, furniture mouldings, restoration work, model making and decoration of plster, clay, textiles, leather, paper or wood. Rub on metallic finish Buffs up to a fine lustre 22ml tube
Imitation Silver Leaf - Aluminium - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real silver for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Imitation Silver Leaf - Aluminium - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real silver for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Copper No 0 Leaf - Metal Leaf - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This metal leaf is for large areas and  is very economical. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Copper No 0 Leaf - Metal Leaf - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This metal leaf is for large areas and  is very economical. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Imitation Gold No 2.5 Metal Leaf - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Imitation Gold No 2.5 Metal Leaf - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Imitation Warm Gold No 2 Metal Leaf - 25 Loose Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Imitation Warm Gold No 2 Metal Leaf - 25 Transfer Leaves 14cm x 14cm This imitation metal leaf is an alternative to real gold for large areas or where genuine leaf would not be economical.  Imitation Metal Leaf will tarnish if not protected with shellac varnish or universal lacquer. Coverage per book of 25 : 0.49 m2 (5.29 sq feet)
Roberson Japanese Gold Size - Oil Gold Size 250ml This oil based gold size is for use with metal leaf, gold leaf and bronze powders. Use over any non-absorbent painted surface, canvas, panel, wall, glass or metal. If the surface is absorbent as with gesso, seal using a shellac varnish. Size is ready when sellotape tackiness is reached. Apply the leaf using absorbant cotton. Do not rub with lateral…