img October, 2021

Silver Leaf Flakes, An affordable way to create upcyled décor pieces.

Silver Leaf Flakes are an easy an affordable way to upcycle your old or used glass décor pieces. with a few basic supplies, such as a good quality paint, Mod Podge, alcohol and a good brush and foam applicator, you can change any piece into a stunning home accent.

The Acrylic paint used in this DIY Treasure Gold Pink Zircon Paint by Plaid. There are many other brands available, most can be found with a Google search or on Amazon.
  The Silver Leaf Flakes used in this DIY Craft Smart Silver Flakes By Michaels. There are many other brands available, most can be found with a Google search or on Amazon.

High End Silver Leaf Blush Pink Vanity Décor

Before you began this DIY, you will want to gather your materials listed below. You may also wanted to take some precautions to help with clean up. The paint used is not toxic and the fumes are not strong. However, it is best to play it safe and be sure that you are working in a well ventilated area, and that you wear a mask, gloves, and protective eyewear. Also be sure to cover your working surface with a disposable drop cloth becuse the flakes are a bit messy

  • Treasure Gold Pink Zircon Paint by Plaid (or the shade of your choice)
  • 2 Packs Craft Smart Silver Flakes By Michaels(or the shade of your choice)
  • A Good Quality Acrylic Brush for the paint, a disposable applicator sponge, and a brush for the Mod Podge. (Paint remover is not needed as this paint, and the other materials are easy to clean up with soap and water)
  • Mod Podge (Gloss)
  • Alcohol, Paper Towels
  • Gloves, a Mask and Protective Eyewear
  • Glass Vases in the shapes that suite your style (see the photo for shape ideas if you are making a vanity set)

Start by cleaning all of your pieces with alcohol, making sure they are completely dry. After pieces are dry, shake or stir your paint until it is adequately mixed. (be sure that you are wearing your proactive gear before opening the paint)
Apply the paint in steady even strokes until the surfaces are completely covered. Do not over load the paint in this first coat. Even coverage is more important than thick coverage to obtain a nice end result. Remember to keep your stokes as even as possible and, continue to brush in the same direction as much as possible.
Air dry your pieces for at least 3 hours (5 to 6 hours is best) and then apply a second, and third coat if needed. Allow at least 2 to 3 hours of drying time between each coat. (be sure to wash your brushes/brushes with soap and water so that you can reuse) them for another project)
Allow the piece to dry overnight or at least 12 hours before beginning the Silver Leaf process.
The Silver Leaf Process:
After the paint is dry, you can now began the silver leaf process. For this part of the process you will need, gloves, the foam applicator, and a plastic container may be helpful to hold the flakes and make them easier to apply.
Starting at the bottom of your first vase, begin to coat the vase one section at a time with the Mod Podge. It should go on thick, but not to so think that it will not adhere to the painted surface of the vase. After each section is coated, use your gloved hands to began placing the flakes in a random pattern.
Repeat these steps until the painted surface of the vase is covered in flakes (be sure some of the paint is still showing through.) Now use your sponge applicator to tap the flakes into place and smooth the finish.
Let your piece dry at 3 hours (the Mod Podge when it is dry) before adding additional embellishments, or use your new vase/vases just as they are! To learn how to make the Lids and a Vanity Mirror depicted in the photo or to watch a video demonstrating these steps in more detail click here to watch:
High End Silver Leaf Blush Pink Vanity Décor on YouTube.