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Gold Leaf Heels

Extract from Adorn • By Kit Lee and Shini Park • Published by Hardie Grant Books

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Time
45 mins

Adorn
Add a touch of sophistication to your look by emblazoning your heels in gold leaf. Jazz it up with a flowing chiffon dress and dance the night away! It’s a style to suit any occasion. Picked from a golden tree

To save time, use metallic spray paint instead of gold leaf.

Posted by Hardie Grant from London, United Kingdom • Published See Hardie Grant's 83 projects » © 2020 Kit Lee / Hardie Grant Books · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Gold Leaf Heels - Step 1
    Step 1

    Firstly, wipe your shoe with a cloth until they are clean. Cover your work surface with scrap paper. Cover the strap, side panels and inside of the heels with masking tape.

  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Gold Leaf Heels - Step 2
    Step 2

    Dip the paintbrush in the water-based acrylic gold size, and apply a coat to the entire heel and back panel.

  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Gold Leaf Heels - Step 3
    Step 3

    Leave to dry for 15 minutes. Once the milky adhesive is completely clear and sticky, pick up a sheet of gold leaf with tweezers and gently place it over the heel and back panel. Gold leaf is extremely delicate and can easily crumble, so handle with care.

  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Gold Leaf Heels - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pat and smooth it down gently on the sticky surface with a clean, soft brush. Continue to cover the area, filling in any gaps, if necessary. Smooth out creases and brush away any debris. Repeat steps 1–5 for the other shoe.

  • How to make a pair of embellished shoes. Gold Leaf Heels - Step 5
    Step 5

    Seal the surfaces with a coat of clear Shellac sealer. Leave to dry for 15 minutes, then stand back and marvel at the golden-heeled beauties.

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