Gilding this easy project is a fun way to take an ordinary paper box and create a spectacular, gleaming box for your Valentine! We use high quality imitation Gold Leaf and colorful Tamisé Flakes from Italy. We’ll use water-based size which is ready to gild very quickly and provides a great tack for the Flakes. For extra elegance and gee-whiz factor, you can adorn your chocolates with genuine edible gold (GoldGourmet brand offers certified, edible, hygienically produced gold leaf).
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Step 1: What You'll Need -
Heart-shaped paper box
Heart-shaped piece of paper to use as a mask
Small foam brush for applying size (adhesive)
Soft brush for skewing off excess leaf (optional)
Cotton gilding gloves
Sepp Gilding Workshop (SGW) Water-Based Gilding Size (glue for leaf)
SGW Primer in Red
SGW Tamisé Mix red Flakes
SGW Imitation Gold Leaf - one book (25 leaves) Heart-shaped chocolates
SGW Acrylic Clear Coat (optional)
GoldGourmet 23kt Gold Flakes (optional)
Step 2: Applying Gold Size
Using a foam brush, apply SGW Red primer over the outside and inside of the box and lid. Load your foam brush with Gilding Size and lightly coat the exterior of the box lid. Also coat the bottom of the box, inside and out, cleaning up any drips to ensure even drying. Place pieces on cans to dry.
Step 3: Let the Size Come to Tack
The size will go from milky white to clear. When it’s completely transparent, and sticky but dry, it’s ready to gild.
Step 4: Gilding Over Water-Based Size
Trace and cut a heart shape smaller than the box lid. Place your paper heart on the center of the lid, and gently press to ensure light contact with the size, especially at the edges.
Wearing cotton gloves keeps your fingers’ oils from staining the leaf. Scatter the Tamisé flakes over the lid, pressing them on until the size is completely covered. Rub and brush away the excess flakes with your gloved hands.
Step 5: Gild the Heart Shape
Carefully peel off the paper heart. Place a piece of Imitation Gold Leaf over the exposed size and press to make contact. Rub away the extra leaf.
Step 6: Gild the Box Bottom
Drape Imitation Gold Leaves over the outside and inside of the box bottom to create an extra special presentation. Brush away excess leaf with your gloved hands. If you wish, you can topcoat your box after waiting overnight.
Step 7: Fill Your Love Box!
Fill your box with tissue and chocolate hearts.
You can sprinkle GoldGourmet Edible Gold Leaf Flakes over your chocolates for an extra touch of loveliness! Happy Valentine’s Day!