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To create a convincing antique gold finish it is essential to use a metal leaf, none of the gold paints or waxes manage to achieve a convincing facsimile. Fortunately imitation gold metal leaf is cheap and easy to apply.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

This metal leaf comes in books of 25 leaves, 5 inches square. It is thicker than genuine gold and can be handled with the fingers if clean and grease free.

We will need:

1/ The article to be gilded, the wood should be clean and dust free.

2/ Imitation gold metal leaf.

3/ Blonde de waxed shellac flakes, this acts as an adhesive for the leaf and as a final coat to the work.

4/ Methylated spirit/denatured alcohol; this is used to make the shellac lacquer.

5/ A little burnt umber oil paint, this is used to create the antique effect, it is called an antique glaze.

6/ Suitable paint brushes.

The shellac lacquer is prepared by mixing 1 part shellac flakes to 4 parts denatured alcohol/methylated spirits. Allow to stand in a warm room for 24 hours stirring occasionally until all the flakes have dissolved. The lacquer is now ready to use.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Apply a coat of lacquer to the wooden surface; I suggest working with a small area at a time as the lacquer dries quickly.

Then pick up a piece of gold metal leaf…you may cut the leaf up into smaller pieces…and lay it down onto the lacquer, don't worry abut the leaf overlapping.

When you have finished applying the leaf, allow to dry for an hour, then using a soft cloth brush off the surplus gold.

Now apply a thin coat of lacquer over the leaf, the lacquer will tint the gold a little, which is all part of the process.

Now we are going to apply the antique glaze. Using a pad of cotton wool and a little of the brown oil paint, rub the paint all over the surface of the leaf, a little goes a long way so don't use too much, you want a thin film of paint.

Then using a clean soft rag, wipe of the surplus antique glaze and polish.

Leave the work to dry overnight, the next morning polish the work again.

You will find that the antique glaze has altered the colour of the gold leaf and it now has a lovely antique gold finish.

Lastly apply a coat of lacquer over the glaze and allow to dry.

And that's it, a simple method of laying imitation gold leaf and how to apply an antique glaze.

By Richard Norman

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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