Gilded Collage Frames

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by Robin Beam, A.C. Moore

Gilded Collage Frames

Take an inexpensive frame and make it look like a million bucks with simple leafing techniques. You can also reclaim an old frame and give it new life.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Remove backing and glass from frames and set aside. For Black Frame, shake adhesive pen and press down on scrap paper to get adhesive flowing through tip.
  • 2
    Use pen to highlight raised design areas of frames. You will see where you have applied the adhesive because it will be milky in color, but as it dries will be clear. Apply to entire frame and let it set; when it is clear, the adhesive will be tacky and ready to have leaf applied to it.
  • 3
    Set up frame either over an empty garbage can and bag or over a protected work surface.
  • 4
    The metal leaf is very thin and delicate. Apply Gold leafing to areas where the adhesive is applied. Press down. Use stiff brush to remove excess leafing; as the extra leafing is brushed away the design will become prominent. If there are areas that were missed, it will show as the leaf is applied. The adhesive pen can be reapplied; once tacky additional leafing can be added. Tip: retain extra leafing that is brushed off of the frame to use for another project.
  • 5
    Option: apply sealer to frame and let dry.
  • 6
    For White frame, stir adhesive as per directions. Paint entire frame (what will be seen) with adhesive. Let adhesive become tacky.
  • 7
    Apply Silver leafing to entire frame. Lay down sheets of leafing; break away sections that overlap frame and apply to another area. Press down so the details of the frame become more pronounced. Brush away any excess leafing with stiff brush.
  • 8
    If needed, reapply leafing adhesive and leafing anywhere that may have been missed.
  • 9
    Once entire frame has had leafing applied, brush on sealer and let dry.
  • 10
    Replace glass, insert photos and frame backing. It is ready to be gifted or displayed.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Sheffield 4-photo Collage Frame White 104759707
  • Sheffield 4-photo Collage Frame Black 104759705
  • Speedball® Mona Lisa™ Adhesive Pen 104609118
  • Speedball® Mona Lisa™ Silver Leaf 104138139
  • Speedball® Mona Lisa™ Gold Leafing Kit 104138137
  • Stiff brush
  • Paint brush