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MissThing
« on: February 14, 2011 06:47:39 PM »

Ok to cut a very long story short........ i need quick help with a little project....i bought some gold leaf flakes for the first time in my life and wanted to use them to make and crackled oriental 'ish effect over a dark red base on the interior of two little wooden trinket boxes i bought for 99p from the charity store the other week. i really love these little boxes but having never used gold leaf before i have messed up the inside of the first box and luckily havent started on the second *phew*

so what i did; after sanding them down and getting the varnish off, i gave the inside a few coats of dark/blood red acrylic paint..... then i applied the gold leaf (fist by pressing it into the wet paint=which didnt work too well) then by usuing my trusty old PVA craft glue worked a treat.............then i was an idiot and wanting to protect it from wear and tear and make a thick glossy almost enamel coat i covered it in acrilic gloss varnish....

what happenned well basically within minuits of applying the gloss varnish the gold leaf turned green mouldi looking and looked like it has just been pulled out of a fish tank.......... (verdigree?? maybe)

scan you advise me of the best way to remove the green muck from my little box,do i need to sand it all down and start again ( bearing in mind these are thin boxes) and what would have been a better way to apply the gold leaf and seal them so it doesnt flake everywhere everytime i use them when i come to do it properly, to get the same look without the green mould effect???

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011 12:38:06 PM »

any help with this anywhere?HuhHuhHuhHuh??
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