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Gilding Eggs


  • Eggs, all varieties
  • Gold-leaf paper (3 to 4 sheets per egg)
  • Water-based gold size (adhesive material)
  • Brush
  • Cotton gloves
  • Cheesecloth
  • Polyacrylic


  1. Step 1

    Blow out eggs.

  2. Step 2

     With a brush, cover an egg completely with water-based gold size. Let dry for about 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Take a piece of paper-backed gold leaf, and gently press the gold leaf onto egg surface. Continue with additional sheets of leaf until egg is completely covered.

  4. Step 4

    Once egg is covered, gently press leaf with cheesecloth to even out the texture and gently rub off excess leaf.

  5. Step 5

     Seal with a coat of polyacrylic.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2006