I love going to flea markets, thrift stores and recycle centers. I’m always on the lookout for pieces that are past their prime or out of style that could be transformed (or repurposed) in to something wonderful with a little crafty magic. When I saw this 7 ½” tall angel figurine I immediately knew it had potential.
As it was, it looked dated and ordinary. The stars at the base seemed a bit out of place and the milky white resin base didn’t really do the angel justice. I thought the same piece sparkling in gold would be rich, gorgeous and a perfect holiday decoration.
The first step was to prepare the piece to apply gilding. She got a great cleaning in our dishwasher, removing any dust, dirt or oils that may have collected on the surface during her travels to the thrift store.
Once clean and dry, I applied a Duo Adhesive from USArtQuest all over the figurine with a brush. Duo dries tacky, so it’s the perfect adhesive for fine materials like gilding or crushed mica. It is white when it comes out of the bottle and the saying goes “When it’s white, it’s not right – when it’s clear it adheres.”
It only took a few minutes for the Duo to dry clear. I carefully looked over the piece to see if I missed any spots and touched up with Duo as necessary. A few minutes later the Duo was clear and I was ready to apply GildenGlitz.
The bag of Gold GildenGlitz was so light – just 3 grams – and I wondered how much it would take to cover the angel. Magically, each piece you pull out of the bag unfolds to a 5” square. If you think about it, that’s about 25 square inches of coverage in each piece! It only took a few squares to cover the entire figurine and it doesn’t look like I even made a dent in the bag!
After the entire piece was covered, I burnished off the excess using a Texture Sponge. To get in the tightest of spaces, I used a stiff paint brush. You could also use small AppliQates on a Handy Clip.
To really make the piece shine, I buffed it with some soft AppliQates.
Lastly, I decided to seal the figurine with PPA Gloss. You really don’t have to seal the gilding, but I wanted to be sure it could stand up to handling, knowing it would likely be stored and unpacked for many holiday seasons to come.
I’m really happy with the finished piece. What started as a $1.99 ordinary angel on a thrift store shelf is now a beautiful gilded figurine that really glistens in the light. She looks like the perfect angel and I can’t wait to add her to our holiday decorations.