Introduction: How to Gild With Gum

This instructable will show you how to gild anything with a wrapper from {{{
Wrigley
}}} brand gum.

Step 1: Parts

There are three things you need for this project. Gum wrappers, what you are going to gild and your hands (but thats a given)

Step 2: Getting the Wrapper

To get the wrapper unfold it and throw away the gum (or you could chew it i guess).

Step 3: The FUN (boring) Part

Using your fingernail scratch the foil till you reach the paper then peal it back. Now flatten it against the thing you want silver shiny side up and rub with fingernail.


Step 4: Finished

Marvel at your handiwork. This sticks for a long time, I covered a stapler and its still covered.

Comments

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Carmelite (author)2009-03-02

I do this all the time with the colorful 5 gum wrappers. (elixir is soooo awesome) but i regularly take the whole wrapper off with little to no tearing by soaking it in water or licking the edges. If you use a small felt hammer and hammer it on a coin all the details stay on. Also 5 wrappers work best because they retain their stickiness as they dry off, so soaking it only temporarily lets you peel the foil off. The logo also looks nice.

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carpfluff (author)Carmelite2010-05-10

i love that gum.

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Ricardo Furioso (author)2007-03-29

It's fabulous, except for that pesky wrigley's monogram, don't you think?

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yes, it ruins it. though you can give yourself credit for taking the time to get it all off the wrapper.

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royalestel (author)2007-03-30

I was totally with you on this one until I saw that you were scratching the foil off the paper. There has GOT to be an easier way to get the foil off. (soaking maybe?)

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ffrmastuh (author)royalestel2008-09-24

you can put the wrapper between ur two fingers and rub ur fingers in opposite directions. put some pressure and keep adding till you see the foil and paper slide apart. hope this helps!

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RandomHero (author)royalestel2008-06-27

actually me and my freinds did this to our books in school when we got bored, relatively easily... put the wrapper in between your thumb and index finger and just rub with lots of force, usually works, and you should crinkle up the wrapper before doing so... makes it easier

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pyro13 (author)royalestel2008-05-11

We put the wrapper in water or on our tounges in one piece without crumpling it, and the paper peels off easily once its wet.

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I dont think soaking or burning off the back will work,successfully. I just used the outside of a mentos pack. the mentos pack has paper on the inside. just slide of the mentos lable on the outside then just peel it off the paper. its super easy. Theres also blue wrapper and many other colors. i like the blue its cool. I like this instructables."shiny"

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CameronSS (author)royalestel2008-03-07

Fire. No, seriously. Most foil/paper wrappers will separate in fire. The paper part burns up and falls away, and the foil is left relatively undamaged. However, with high enough heat and a thin enough foil, the foil will do something (it looks like accelerated oxidation) and become a thin metal gauze, and pretty much useless.

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icanryme2002 (author)royalestel2007-03-30

well its easy once u start

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YummyPancakes (author)2008-07-25

Darnit, when I was rubbing it off I tore the wrapper (the paper AND the foil).

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berrygunks (author)2008-03-22

To remove the foil, just soak it in water and let er dry! the glue will still be sticky

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zero838 (author)2008-03-17

the foil on 5 gum comes off in one piece most of the time

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lemonie (author)2007-03-29

I used to do this (so many years ago I forget to what) - nice to know some things don't change. L

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gumwrapper (author)lemonie2008-03-08

We used to do this in grade school (many years ago). The wrappers back then were much easier to peel because the weren't sealed at the ends. There was about an 1/8th of an inch where you could get a good start peeling. Sometimes you could get the whole sheet without any rips. We covered pencils, desks, etc.

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IamTheCreator (author)2007-12-15

That's ghetto but I like it :)

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ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-03-29

oh and its guild i belive

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well firefox didnt correct me

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Gloom (author)icanryme20022007-08-25

Nah, you're good. He was mistaken. Honest mistake, gilding is more common of a word than a practice.

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Guild is an organization of people within a particular trade or craft. Gild is to cover with gold leaf (or in this case aluminum or whatever metal is on the wrapper.)

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guess i was wrong i never knew that

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shadow12952 (author)2007-05-19

i did my whole pencil w/this and now i shine it in peoples eyes hahahahahaah yes

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esotericguy (author)2007-04-06

oh, his voice!

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Vulcanator (author)2007-04-01

cover w/ varnish to make it permanat

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dataphool (author)2007-03-30

I used to use the wrappers off a cigarette package. Any smoker has a handy lighter around. If you light the paper backing the foil (covering the cigarettes) the paper will burn away, leaving the foil.

You could say learning to do this is the only positive thing to come from smoking in my lifetime. Consider how positive this is!

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Mr. Smart Kid (author)2007-03-30

cool!!!!!!!

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inosek (author)2007-03-29

Wow... I'll give you credit for the tenacity, but I'd rather buy a $2 roll of aluminum heating duct tape.

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bigpinecone (author)2007-03-29

i did this with my old mp3 player a long time ago and my friend wiped it all off... i wanna find some wrappers for my new one =o

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ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-03-29

at first i thought gild was glide then i learned u put it on things. also maybe you could rename it to be like gum wrapper wrap or not i guess im just stupid

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mdmoose29 (author)2007-03-28

my dad works for wrigley. i think this is a good way to use all those wrappers i got laying around.

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