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Speedball 'Simple Leaf' and 'Metal Leaf' 14 cm x 14 cm square sheet packs

Throughout history, the art and craft of leafing has been used to create and embellish some of humanity's most revered works of art. Egyptian relics, Far Eastern Temples, illuminated manuscripts and fine art have been leafed and embellished by artistians. And it's easy to see why.

The process of leafing can be employed on wood, metal, ivory, leather, paper, glass, porcelain, and fabrics. Leaf can be worked in delicate miniature as well as on architectural structures such as domes and vaults. For any art or application, there is a metal leafing technique.

THE TECHNIQUE:

[1] Prepare the surface. This can include sanding, shaping and carving. Porous surfaces need an application of a sealer or undercoat.

[2] Apply adhesive to the surface. Because metal leaf is so thin, it is important to take care that the adhesive application is smooth with no brush strokes. When brush strokes are present it will show in the finished leaf surface.

[3] Let adhesive dry until tacky.

[4] Apply Metal Leaf.

[5] Apply a Sealer. Simple Leaf is a new innovation in composition leaf, designed to work with flat surfaces. Simple Leaf is bonded with wax paper and when applied to an area with adhesive the leaf adheres to this area only. Excess leaf will stay on the wax  transfer paper so there is less waste and mess that is commonly associated with the leafing process.