Hope you are all having a great week!
I have kindly been invited to participate to the Collectively Creative Lucky edition hosted and created by the lovely Kelly from Cobwebs, Cupcakes and Crayons . Please, let me explain to you what this is all about: it’s a group of different bloggers who write a post around the same subject “lucky” and we all publish a post on the same day. I am very happy to be part of this great and creative team. Today’s topic is the Lucky edition, it is perfect for the upcoming St-Patrick’s Day! I can’t believe we are already halfway through March and St-Patrick’s day is just around the corner!
Ever since I can remember, my mother had elephants around the house, either as an adornment for a space or as a piece of jewelry. She always used to say; an elephant in the room brings luck when the trunk points up towards the sky. Over 13 years ago, after a long day at work, I was walking downtown, window shopping when all of a sudden I saw this small shop with different wooden elephants of various sizes, I thought of my mom and knew I had to get her one of those for her upcoming birthday. I ended up getting her this one foot and a half black leather elephant. She loved it very much and remained in our family living room for several years. Since then, my mom gave me back her leather elephant as a gift when hubby and I bought our house a few years ago for good luck.
Today, this post is about lucky, coincidentally one of the oldest symbols of good luck is the elephant and it is also my mother’s birthday. This is the gift I will be giving her today; our lucky family elephant revamped using gold leaf.
Please let me share with you, how I went about doing it:
To start the project, we bought two packets of “gold leaf” Art_Minds at Michael’s, each packet contains 25 sheets, it was barely enough to finish this one foot and a half elephant:
Then I had to clean the elephant with a dry cotton cloth, if you try this project, please make sure to remove all the dust from every surface to ensure a smooth finish. Before you can start applying the gold leafs on the surface of the elephant, you will need to apply a metal leaf adhesive with a small brush. According to the instructions, you will need to wait about 45 minutes before applying a gold leaf but I didn’t, I only waited about 5 minutes until the surface became tacky. It worked just fine. I recommend using a spray metal leaf adhesive if you will be working with larger and uneven surfaces.
This is a picture of the metal leaf adhesive used:
The gold leaf sheets in their original package, each one is separated by a silk sheet (I am keeping these silk sheets because they might come in handy in another project):
I started by applying the first coat of metal leaf adhesive, only then realizing, I had put too much on one small surface:
I had to spread out the excess adhesive with the brush and waited for about 5 minutes before applying the gold leaf to the elephant’s back:
This is how my first gold leaf looks on the elephant’s back, it didn’t look very promising at first. Then, I thought to myself:
- I ruined it!
- What I am doing?
- Did I just waste $40?
- I destroyed our family elephant!
- Never mind, let’s move on!
See, in the picture below what I’m talking about? It doesn’t look great, it looks scary. After, I applied the first gold leaf, I started applying more metal leaf adhesive to the trunk of the elephant. While doing this process, I was scared of ruining this elephant that has been in our family for over a decade:
After several hours, OK let’s be honest here, after 5 hours of smelling glue and applying two packets of gold leafs to this enormous elephant, this is how it turned out, prior applying the final coat of sealant:
This is the metal leaf sealer, I used to finish and protect the elephant, the packaging is very similar to the adhesive, almost bought the same product twice:
When you open the metal leaf sealer, it looks just like glue, apply it with a small brush to the surface, this step will protect your new project:
This is how our lucky family elephant was transformed, now it really catches the eye when you enter the room. By the time, you will be reading this post, this lucky gold elephant will already be in my mom’s hands as it is her birthday today. Happy Birthday mom! Hope you like your gift.
This is a close-up picture of the trunk of the elephant:
This is a close-up picture of the back of the elephant and this is how my mom used to position it in her living room for luck:
Here is my son, curious as always, trying to grab the elephant. I’m glad it was protected with a sealer if not the gold leafs would’ve start coming off:
Of course, our dogs were as curious as our little one and wanted to see what the buzz was all about. This is Angel next to the elephant, you can see from this picture how tiny our little Angel is:
This is Damon;our other tiny curious dog, I wasn’t able to get a better picture of them on the floor, they kept moving and Damon was a bit scared of the gold elephant:
Hope, you enjoyed this tutorial and like how this project turned out.
Have you ever used gold leafs before on any projects? I’d love to hear about it.
While on the subject of lucky and St-Patrick’s day, I went out of my comfort zone in home DIY projects for an upcoming post and dabbled with making jewelry; a lucky bracelet. I can’t wait to show you the pictures.
Please make sure to pay a visit to these lovely posts from these creative bloggers for more Lucky ideas! Here is a link to each of one of their post:
Thanks again for stopping by!
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