Gold Leaf Cocktail Glasses

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This past summer I was in full on gold foil mode, dreaming up all sorts of gilded projects to get into the spirit of the holidays. One of the very best things to come from this metallic crafting flurry were these gold leafed cocktail glasses. They’re super simple and the leafing process makes the best of any loose brushwork or imperfections. Want to make your own? Read on for the easy details!

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Materials
• Gold leafing kit (Containing gold leaf sheets and adhesive size like this one)
• Cocktail Glass (I’ve used these from Crate and Barrel)
• 2 soft paintbrushes
• Latex Gloves (makes handling the gold leaf sheets a little easier)
• Clear, Dishwasher Safe Sealer for gilded surfaces (This one by modge podge works well)

Step 1: Starting with a clean glass paint a loose design in onto the surface using adhesive size. Allow to air dry according to the directions on the kit.
Step 2: Apply a sheet of the gold leaf directly to the surface where you’ve painted the adhesive. Press down, working to avoid any folds or bubbles.
Step 3: Once you’ve applied the gold leaf, dust off the excess pieces using a soft dry paintbrush.
Step 4: If you choose, you can apply a clear sealer or varnish made for glassware. Even if the glasses are sealed, I suggest gently hand washing them as you would with gilded china.

gold_leaf_4Loose brushwork for an organic feel.

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8 Comments on Gold Leaf Cocktail Glasses

  1. Emily B
    February 1, 2015 at 2:22 am (2 years ago)

    I saw these in Better Homes & Gardens and had to come visit your site! I love these glasses and how they’ve used them as vases. I’m so glad I’ve discovered your site!

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    • Kelli Hall
      February 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Emily! So happy you’ve found my blog 🙂

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      • Jess H
        March 2, 2015 at 11:34 pm (2 years ago)

        me too! I just got home from Ikea with tons of glasses and vases! Bring on Mother’s day and teacher appreciation! After I make a few for myself of course. 🙂 Looking forward to following your blog.

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        • Kelli Hall
          March 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

          Hi Jess! So thrilled you’ve found my blog and excited you’re giving these a try! A couple of extra tips when working with the gold foil: The foil sheets can be a little clingy, so I use latex gloves when handling them. I also like to test a couple of brush patterns on a scrap piece of plastic before I dive into the glassware ; )

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  2. Sarah
    April 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm (2 years ago)

    hi kelli!
    love your blog! i tried these the other day, love how the turned out, just had a problem with the sealer… i used the speedball sealer that came with the gold leaf, but it left a clear sticky film on my glass.. going to try the mod podge you suggested next… any tips on how to use the sealer? do i have to be careful where i apply it? only strictly on the gold leaf?
    thanks for your help!

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    • Kelli Hall
      April 13, 2015 at 7:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Sarah! So glad you gave this a try! You’re completely right–the sealer that comes with a leafing kit doesn’t work well with glassware (it works better on solid surfaces like wood). For my glasses, I used modge podge as a sealer. It will dry completely clear. I like to use it just to the edge of the gold leaf because, if you cover the whole glass, you’ll get a subtle texture where you’ve applied the modge podge. Also, when you’re applying it, try a relatively thin layer—if its too thick, you’ll more texture where it dries in the thickly applied areas. I also find a better application with a soft bristle paintbrush. If the brush is super coarse, you’ll have more brush texture in the sealer. Hope this helps!

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  3. Naomi @ Plaster & Disaster
    April 25, 2015 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

    These are extraordinary! They look both modern and timeless. I just may have to try my hand at a set…

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