Rustic Silver Treasure


Recycled items

  • white Victorian-style fruit bowl

Also needed

  • brown acrylic paint
  • size (glue)
  • silver leaf
  • sponge brush
  • fabric gloves
  • piece of velvet
  • paintbrushes
  • old towel
  • spray varnish/clear lacquer


  1. Follow steps 1 to 6 of the basic gilding method on November blog post. I did not paint the ceramics with white or yellow paint as indicated there, but used a dark brown colour as a base coat instead.
  2. For a rustic look, rub off some of the silver leaf with an old towel to reveal the brown undercoat before applying a varnish.
  3. When you are satisfied with your recreation you can spray varnish it with a clear lacquer and leave to dry.

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