Gilding and Patination | Experimental Wood Finishes #1

Gilding and Patination | Experimental Wood Finishes #1
Wan’t to create awesome colourful metallic effects on your woodworking projects? In this video, I show you how to do that using metal leaf and a Liver of Sulphur Gel to create some beautiful results.

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Gilding and Patination | Experimental Wood Finishes #1

17 thoughts on “Gilding and Patination | Experimental Wood Finishes #1”


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  2. You need to burnish the gilding for it to get maximum adhesion. I reckon that’s your problem.

  3. holy this looks so cool im gonna try that next week. wooden greeting from germany. i lov ur vids btw.

  4. Experimenting with every type of paint varnish and other unusual wood finishes is my absolute favorite way of wasting money 😀 ! but sometimes it's just amazing and in the end it's all worth it !

  5. Hello Matt, do you think shellac would work as a sealer as well? or should I look for a more "commercial/industrial" solution? Thank you for your help!

  6. Hi Matt,

    Good work on your channel and success. I particularly like the fact that you didn't let not having your own power tools stop you from pursuing your dream.
    Cheers Andy, Australia

  7. I've not myself ever used this type of medium. However it sure definitely looks like it's worth a try. Thank you so much for listing that book. Many blessings to you Matt!

  8. The oily mixtion is OK, but if you want to polish the leaf metal afterwards, things like pozzuli are used, after which you can polish it with an agater. Done a bit of gilding in the past, always with mixtion, as it's easy and comes with the 12 and 24 hrs version, of which both can be diluted with turpentine to help with drying times. There's also water-based glues which personally I don't like. You apply it, let it dry, and when ready for gilding you can activate the part you want to gild with water and start laying your leafs.
    Cheers !

  9. "a proper eggy fart"? Really? What would an improper eggy fart by like? This sounds like something that might be part of a proper noxious emission database. Have you compiled one?

  10. Great video 🙂 What do you do for sealing the finish after your don? It seems quite britlee and I assume there must be an extra coat of protection.

  11. Even with the damage to the leaf – they still look amazing. Do these chemicals work on more substantial metal as well as metal leaf; do you know?

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