How to Gild With Gum

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Introduction: How to Gild With Gum

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

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    32 Discussions

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    xxLovelyxx
    xxLovelyxx

    5 months ago

    I tried this using 5 gum and I got the back off by rubbing the wrapper through two fingers, it comes off really good and fast. But the foil never is sticky, how do I still get the stick?

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    Carmelite
    Carmelite

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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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    Ricardo Furioso
    Ricardo Furioso

    13 years ago

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

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    Th3Snip3r
    Th3Snip3r

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    royalestel

    13 years ago

    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
    ffrmastuh

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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
    RandomHero

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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
    pyro13

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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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    jugglingmaniac
    jugglingmaniac

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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
    CameronSS

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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
    icanryme2002

    Reply 13 years ago

    well its easy once u start

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    YummyPancakes
    YummyPancakes

    12 years ago on Introduction

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

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    berrygunks
    berrygunks

    12 years ago on Introduction

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

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    zero838
    zero838

    12 years ago on Introduction

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

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    13 years ago

    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
    gumwrapper

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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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    icanryme2002
    icanryme2002

    Reply 13 years ago

    well firefox didnt correct me