DIY Gold Elephant

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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.

DIY Gold Elephant

Please let me share with you, how I went about doing it:

To start the project, we bought two packets of “gold leaf” s, each packet contains 25 sheets, it was barely enough to finish this one foot and a half elephant:

DIY Gold 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.

DIY Gold Elephant

This is a picture of the metal leaf adhesive used:

DIY Gold Elephant

 

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):

DIY Gold Elephant

I started by applying the first coat of metal leaf adhesive, only then realizing, I had put too much on one small surface:

DIY Gold Elephant

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:

DIY Gold Elephant

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!

DIY Gold Elephant

 

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:

DIY Gold Elephant

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:

DIY Gold Elephant

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:

DIY Gold Elephant

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:

DIY Gold Elephant

This is how our lucky family elephant was transformed, now it really catches the eye when you enter the room.

DIY Gold Elephant

This is a close-up picture of the trunk of the elephant:

DIY Gold 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:

DIY Gold Elephant

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DIY Gold Elephant