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Gold-Leafed Candlesticks

What to do:
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Find a collection of old or worn candlestick holders and collect needed supplies.

Step 2: Sand Surfaces
Lightly sand candlestick holder surfaces to remove any existing finish.

Step 3: Wipe Clean
Wipe away dust with tack cloth.

Step 4: Apply Adhesive
Brush all surfaces with gold-leaf liquid adhesive. Let set approximately 30 minutes until tacky.

Step 5: Apply Gold Leaf
Lay sheets of gold leaf over candlestick surfaces and press into place with foam brush. Repeat until entire surface is covered.

Step 6: Wipe Away Excess Leafing
Brush away loose particles with foam brush.

Step 8: Apply Sealer
Brush on layer of gold-leaf sealer. Let dry 30 minutes.

Step 9: Apply Antiquing Finish
Brush on layer of gold-leaf antiquing finish.

Step 10: Rub In and Wipe Away
Rub antiquing finish into cracks and ridges. Wipe away any excess with rag.

What you need:
- collection of candlesticks in varying heights
- fine-grit sandpaper
- tack cloth
- gold-leaf sheets
- liquid adhesive
- gold-leaf sealer
- gold-leaf antiquing
- 2 foam brushes

Estimated time needed: 1 hour

ref: www.hgtv.com

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