Recently I found some inexpensive fake pumpkins for my fall centerpiece, but some of them looked as cheap as the price. I decided to try dressing one up with gilding liquid–this is cool stuff! It’s easy to use, too. Here’s how to do it. . .
Supplies for Gilding Pumpkins:
- Gilding liquid (I used Martha Stewart’s Liquid Gilding in Copper)
- Plastic, wood, papier-mâché, tin, glass, ceramic, paper, terra cotta, canvas, or plaster object to be gilded (porous surfaces such as terra cotta and plaster should be sealed first)
- Soft bristled paint brush
- Gloss enamel finish spray (Martha Stewart Crafts also makes this)
- Nail polish remover or paint thinner (for clean up)
1. Working in a well-ventilated area (this is stinky stuff!), lightly brush a layer of gilding liquid over object. Try brushing in one direction for best effect. Allow to dry 1 hour between coats (I only did one coat on my pumpkin!).
3. Clean up brush and skin with nail polish remover or paint thinner. CAUTION: gilding liquid is flammable, so do not use near an open flame! That means no gilding candles!
I placed my pumpkin on top of a candlestick. I love how rich and shiny it looks as a part of my fall table setting!