01 December 2012

How to.. make your own 24k gold topcoat!


Yes, you can create a 24k gold topcoat at home and it won't cost you much! When I read this post from Maki over at Candy Glaze, I immediately knew I wanted to try it for myself too. So I did!

What I needed to create my own 24k gold topcoat:
1. An empty bottle (I used a mini one from China Glaze, but I'd recommend something that holds 5 ml.)
2. A steel ball so you can mix it up
3. Gold leafs (I ordered mine through Blue Point International and paid € 9,20 for 20 sheets of gold leaf including shipping)
4. Tweezers or orange wood stick, something to protect the surface you are working on, gloves (the gold sticks to your fingers)
5. Topcoat OR if you have access to it, suspension base

Now you start with setting up everything you need. The gold leaf is tucked in paper sheets that fold open. What I did was fold open the paper, using the orange wood stick to scrunch up the gold a bit and with the paper itself, I made a nice little ball of it. Don't be afraid it won't come loose again, it will!

You put around 5 sheets of gold in 4/5 ml. of polish, I used 7 sheets in a China Glaze mini bottle that is little over half full now. If you don't have access to suspension base, I used Essence Better Than gel Top Sealer and it does sink, but when I want to use it I just put it upside down for a minute or two and everything is alright.

13 comments :

  1. Good job! Some others who have tried this same method (different gold leaf products), have had some issues with the gold flake dissolving up over time. in the bottle mix of suspension base. I have used the same kinds of gold leaf sheets to repair antique furniture and architectural fixtures. I sure know what you mean about the stuff sticks to your fingers.

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  2. I tried to make a bottle for myself...I used Wet N Wild's clear...it turned GREEN and solidified!!! I will definitely try it again with a different clear coat. I've got tons of gold leaf! So glad yours worked out!

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  3. Sounds good! I might try that myself. Thanx!

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  4. If I didn't already have one, I would do this! I do like the bigger gold pieces of this though. I have the SOPI which is like micro gold pieces.

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  5. Yes I think using a quality gold product is key to making this last. I used mine again yesterday (it has been sitting for 2 weeks or something now) and it was as easy and perfect to use as when I just made it!

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  6. Hi Deborah :D! Ooh that's too bad. Though it might be the gold and not the clear polish you used. Where did you purchase the gold, and is it true gold or silver with a layer of gold?

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  7. You should! So easy and cheap :).

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  8. I love the SOPI too (in pictures) but the chunky pieces are definitely pretty!

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  9. Great idea! Do you have some discolouration in your base now? Or some other problems with the gold top coat?

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  10. o, just now I see your other manicures with this gold top coat and they looks awesome! What top coat exactly you use for making the gold top coat?

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