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  1. Hello. I’m thinking of doing this project, it just seems so cool! Every gold leaf product I’ve looked at seems somewhat silver, except the really expensive ones. So before I buy some gold leaf (because it’s obviously expensive), just wondering what carat gold your kit was? Thanks!

    1. Hi Patrick! I linked the exact product I used in the post (here’s the link again for you). It’s not actually made of gold – it’s made of copper and zinc and looks just like gold. It’s also very inexpensive – the package I used is only about $8 on Amazon right now. 🙂

  2. Hi! I’m thinking about doing this for my senior project, but instead of gold, do pictures. Do you think that will work? Do you have any recommendations? Also, what type of paint did you use for the black?

    1. Hi, Katie!

      It could work – pictures are a lot thicker than the gold leaf, so it might be challenging. I would try using Mod Podge to attach the pictures. And I just used black craft paint! 🙂

    2. It worked! Thank you so much! I printed tiny pictures on copy paper and made a collage within the continents; I also did it with sheet music and outlined it with a gold sharpie. it turned out super cute! Thank you for all your help!

      1. I’m so glad to hear it worked out!

  3. Hi Amanda – Love this so much. What tool did you use to remove the excess gold leaf?

    I have really gotten into decorating globes. Obsessed might be a better word. Most of mine are full of bling – old costume jewelry and rhinestones 🙂 they are fun – but I am afraid I will have to steal your idea now. Adore it!

    1. I just used a small, dry watercolor paintbrush!

  4. Aw darn it…I also wanted to say that I am going to do one in black and gold and another in white and silver, however I haven’t quite made up my mind yet but I think I will making mine into lamps.

  5. Hi again…also wanted to mention that I would have done the wire around the globe in gold leaf too and although the base looks ok, I agree with Sherry that it does distract from the sophistication of the black and gold, HOWEVER, if your home has other things like this then it’s ok but if you have a sophistication to your home, (which it sure looks like you do considering the walls and little bits of decor that I can see) then I would consider redoing it. Don’t get me wrong, it is just gorgeous!

  6. Hi Amanda, This is gorgeous!! I was wondering if you used the spray sealer over the gold leaf? You didn’t mention it in your post so I was wondering if the gold is staying on it or flaking off? How long have you had the globe completed like this?
    Thanks! : )

    1. Hi Shirley – I didn’t spray or do anything to the globe after adding the gold leaf, and it’s still in pretty much perfect condition two years later. It doesn’t get touched a lot, but has been in our living room for two years and doesn’t look any worse for the wear!

    2. Hi Amanda…thanks!! That really helps to know. Hopefully soon I will have all of my supplies and I will be able to get mine done. I am actually going to do hanging lamps with mine and will try to show you when I have finished!

  7. What is the name of the solid grey wall color? Love it!

    1. Thanks! It’s Olympic Flagstone

  8. I love this idea ! It’s so cool ! 🙂 I’m going to share your post in my french blog !

    1. I used some glue that I found right next to the gold leaf at Hobby Lobby – it’s meant to be used with it, and I think they sell it as a kit!

  9. Very impressive…I just started a globe collection and this idea is next! Thank you for sharing!!!

  10. Hi, just curious, but do you think you could write over the gold foil? Or is it too delicate? We are thinking of using a globe for our guest book at our wedding. I love this idea! But wasn’t sure a paint pen/sharpie would work over gold foil? Thanks!

    1. You could probably write on it very lightly, but I would worry about it in a setting like that because people probably wouldn’t be very careful with it! You could always do a white (or gold?) sharpie on the black part, though!

  11. I’d paint the base a glossy black, not matte like the globe. (Or possibly an “antique bronze” color.) I think the existing wood tone kind of detracts from the sophistication of the black and gold, but otherwise it’s really nice!

  12. Oh my goodness. GENIUS!!! I bought a globe from good will years and years and years ago and still have not come up with a clever idea to fix it up. But now I know. Thank you for this tutorial what an AMAZING creation!!!! This is exactly the type of bright idea I have been waiting for someone else to come up with first 😉

  13. Wow wow wow! This is seriously an amazing project – I’m obsessed!!!! Such a great idea.

  14. I think this is such a fun piece! I would love something similar. I think it’s so pretty, but a great conversation starter.

  15. UM. HELLO. Did y’all unleash a beast with crafting with the stars??? I loved your stuff before but you have seriously upped your game these last few weeks! Keep up the great work, guys! Also, I totally vote for keeping the natural wood, I think it’s gorgeous with the black and gold.

    1. Thanks!! The natural look grows on me a little more each day, haha

  16. That is so cool looking! Ya’ll are so creative. 🙂