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- Ideal for most metal leaf projects
- Water based brush-on sizing specially formulated for metal leaf
- Stays tacky up to 48-hour
- Cleans up with soap and water
- Made in USA
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This 2-ounce jar of water based brush-on sizing becomes tacky in 15 to 60-minutedepending on weather conditions. Specifically designed to stay tacky up to 48-hour. Can be used for many other craft and home decor projects. Cleans up with soap and water. Made in USA.
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The adhesive is very thin and watery, which is good, because I was initially concerned about how I would stop the gold leaf from showing brush marks of the glue beneath. But it didn't show through. However, if you try to brush it on too quickly or vigorously, the glue froths up with tiny little bubbles, and you dont want to get those trapped under your gold leaf.
You'll need a good brush that gives you control over how much liquid you pick up (i.e. don't expect to get away with a foam brush on every surface) otherwise, the thin liquid will run everywhere and puddle.
This 2oz jar doesn't look like much, but it will last approximately forever--you only need the thinnest layer. Could you use Mod Podge, spray adhesive, or any other type of sticky stuff? Sure. But the point of this stuff is the long dry-time--so you've got enough time to work with the leaf, which is......not user-friendly. If you're trying this for the first time, keep it simple: use this adhesive, and make sure you get the wax-paper-backed "simple leaf". It's the wax paper that stops you from losing your mind and throwing your project out the nearest window.
----Update July 2017----
Although I don't have photos specifically of the adhesive, I just wanted to come back to post a few recent photos of the gold leaf in action. You can see that I edged the agate slice in gold leaf (using a narrow detail brush for the adhesive) and then gold leafed the inside of the box (using a larger flat brush for adhesive.)
On the actual project itself, the adhesive didn't cause any real trouble, but I want to point out that it has been a nightmare dealing with the jar of adhesive and the brushes used. Despite the fact that it is touted as "water-based" and "cleans up with soap and water," and the fact that I washed the brushes right away and wiped the jar lid with a paper towel, the adhesive never really disappears. No matter how many times they are washed, the brushes end up still sticky and hardened. The jar itself seals shut, and the only way I could even get the lid off was with with a pair of pliers to grip the rim. Clearly I am doing something wrong, because it's a giant pain in the rear.
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I am new to gold leaf and this was a great, inexpensive way to get started.