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Q: How shall I apply Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding Sheets?
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Using the Martha Stewart Crafts white pillow-top Gilding Brush, apply one even thin coat of Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive to the prepared project surface. To best achieve a smooth finish and fewer brush strokes, apply Martha Stewart Gilding Adhesive in one direction and then lightly brush perpendicular to that direction while still wet.
Allow adhesive to air dry until surface feels tacky. NOTE: It is best to wear use the Martha Stewart Gilding Gloves while working with the actual gilding sheets as the oils from your skin may discolor or tarnish the metallic sheets. These sheets are VERY lightweight and have a “fly away” tendency. Carefully remove a square gilding sheet and its waxed backing sheet from the pack. Keeping the waxed backing and gilding sheet intact, carefully lay the sheet of gilding directly onto the prepared surface, keeping the backing sheet toward you, gilding sheet down. Using the waxed backing sheet as a protective layer, press and smooth the gilding sheet to the surface by gently rubbing. Lift to remove backing sheet from the gilding sheet. If cracks are found, you can add more gilding to fill in the holes while the adhesive is still wet. Be careful not to disturb the gilding that you have already placed. Allow to dry 1–2 hours. Next, burnish the surface to remove the excess gilding sheet using the natural mop-style gilding brush. If desired, burnish over an open box to capture all loose particles of gilding which can be used on future projects. If desired, finish with Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Enamel Spray to seal and protect your gilded project. It is not recommended to use a water based sealer because it may tarnish your gilding sheets.

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