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1 ter­ra­cotta pot Sel­leys Aquad­here PVA wood glue 1 drink­ing straw About 4 sheets of gold leaf 2 paint­brushes – one for glue, one dry brush for smooth­ing the gold leaf

An old bowl to put the glue in 1 Ap­ply the glue to the pot, one area at a time, then blow it gently with a straw un­til the glue goes tacky – if it turns from white to clear, then it’s too dry; you need the in-be­tween stage. 2 Place the gold-leaf sheet on top of the glue and use a dry paint­brush to smooth it onto the pot. If you use gen­tle strokes, it will go on evenly, while dab­bing will cre­ate a more rus­tic look with holes and cracks. The gold leaf that hasn’t got any glue to stick to you can brush away. 3

If there are any blank patches, you can go back over these with glue and reap­ply any left­over gold leaf. Just remember when you dou­ble layer the gold leaf, it can some­times dull the shine.

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