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Hazel

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Metal leaf/foil
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:54:58 PM »
A quick question about metal leaf:

I've used leaf/foil before on polymer clay, trapped under a very thin layer of trans clay - is it just as good to put it on the surface and seal with a varnish afterwards? I'm wondering about tarnishing and durability, mainly.

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Re: Metal leaf/foil
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 03:59:43 PM »
Hi Hazel

When I made some gold leaf beads I just rolled it in the clay and marbled it all together some was on the surface I varnished the beads and they still are ok after a year...

hope this helps

Like Emma always says trial and error, what works for one may not work for all!

Karen
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Re: Metal leaf/foil
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 04:02:59 PM »
Thanks Karen - I think I'll get some Easy metal and give it a try :)

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Re: Metal leaf/foil
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011, 04:05:20 PM »
Hazel - I've found with any surface decoration it needs to be sealed to protect it. Varnish should do the trick. If in doubt, give it a few  thin coats rather than just one.

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Re: Metal leaf/foil
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011, 05:47:33 PM »
I have usually given one coat of Klear and things are still fine after a few years  :)
I doubt if the artificial silver leaf would tarnish anyway. 

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Re: Metal leaf/foil
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2011, 06:24:58 AM »
Nothing wrong with using foil as a surface decoration - so long as you varnish after to protect it from getting scuffed etc.

The only difference between doing this rather than trapping it under a layer of trans is, you cannot sand it after baking.

On the plus side, the metal leaf will inevitably be that much more vibrant as you aren't viewing it through clay.

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