All That Glitters Is Gold (Gold Leaf Terra-Cotta Pots)

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Shiny, sparkly, glittery gold.

I’m crushing hard on this glorious metallic and I don’t want to quit.

So, in light of the fact that I’m utterly ga-ga for gold,  I’ll be posting a gaggle of gold themed projects all this week.  My All That Glitters Is Gold series.

And first up in the gold project parade, are gold leaf terra-cotta pots.

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This was my first time working with gold leaf and so I actually tried two different leafing techniques on the terra-cotta pots.

On the first pot, I painted the rim with gold leaf paint.


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Well, to be honest, I actually painted two new terra-cotta pots.  The gold leaf paint dried to a very rich and pretty gold, so I decided to leave one of the pots with just the painted rim.

The other pot, I went ahead with the gold leaf.


1-13-13n 002 Gold Leaf Pots @ CharmingZebra.comSince I was using it on a small area, I ended up going with the adhesive pen kit.  (40% off coupon at Michaels.)


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It was super simple.  I just wrote over the area I wanted to leaf with the pen and let it set for about five minutes.


1-13-13n 008 Gold Leaf Pots @ CharmingZebra.comI then just pressed the gold leaf directly on the sticky part and gently patted it down with a soft paintbrush.


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Gold over gold.


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The third pot I used was a bit weathered and housed my aloe plant.

Now, the directions on the leafing pen package recommended that you begin with a sealed surface.  Especially with something as porous as terra-cotta.

But hey, crafting is the perfect time to break a few rules.  So, this time I wrote with the leafing pen directly on the unsealed surface.


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The gold leaf created more of a chippy look this time.

When smoothing out the gold bits with the brush, I discovered that it worked better if I just used my finger to lightly press down the leafing.


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I love my glorious, gold-rimmed pots.  And it didn’t take much to add a bit of glamour.

So, what about you?  Are you giddy for gold like me?  Or is there another hue that takes you to that happy place?

~Miss Charming

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  1. I love your glorious, gold-rimmed pots too. #goldaddiction ;)
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  2. i love these too! I have never used gold leaf but would love to one day. what’s next?
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  3. Love, Love, Love this!! What a great idea…

  4. This is such a great project, I really love how they turned out!! Just wanted you to know that I’m featuring this on DIY Weekend Projects today!
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  5. Love all the beautiful gold…especially the chippy pot!! I have never used gold leaf either, but can’t wait to try this. :-)

  6. Epic.
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