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How to Gild a Pear

It seems fitting to have a DIY project on Gold Gilding… and why not show you how to ‘gild a pear!’

Inexpensive gold leaf kits are widely available in art or craft stores and offer a fun way to add drama to the table. You can apply gold (or silver) leaf to any object, such as photo frames, platters, an old mirror frame, highlight features in an old chest of drawers … just let your imagination go wild.

For our example, I have gilded fresh pears with gold leaf, which would make a stunning table centre-piece.

Remember, this technique is for decorative purposes only and should not be confused with incredibly expensive 24 karat edible gold—which is best saved as a small but dramatic garnish for your most impressive desserts such as a chocolate ganache cake. In other words, DO NOT EAT these pears after gilding. (But you probably figured that out!)

Step 1: Apply a thin coat of metal leaf adhesive size in a random pattern on pears; let dry until tacky- about 30 to 60 minutes.

Step 2: Tear metal leaf sheets into small pieces; lightly press onto pears.

Step 3: Burnish gold leaf with brush or fingertips until buffed; removing excess flakes of gold leaf.

Voila … step back and admire the beauty of your handywork!