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Silver Leaf Mirrors

Apply metallic leaf to glass with invisible gelatin size to make an "antique" silver or aluminum leaf mirror.

Unlike chemically deposited mirrors, leaf mirrors show leaf lines and wrinkles. You can apply silver and/or aluminum leaf to glass that is already in a frame, window or closet door. Just be sure to protect the frame from the wet gelatin size.

Aluminum leaf is larger, less fragile and slightly less reflective than silver leaf.

Dave Smith, one of England's master gilders, invented the Smith Tip to make leaf gilding easy for beginners. To watch him using it, go to our videos page.

To make a silver or aluminum leaf mirror you need:


Note: Due to price volatility, we do not sell gold leaf.