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Angel Gilding (Gold Mirror) Instructions
Pure gold mirrors are translucent. Angel Gilding creates an opaque gold mirror by adding
a layer of silver over the gold. Our Mirroring Kits come with 1” samples of translucent
gold and Angel Gilded glass.
The process of mirroring is the same for all metals. These instructions assume that you
know how to make a silver mirror. The Angel Gilding Checklist outlines all the steps to
follow to make an opaque gold mirror. For a translucent gold mirror, skip steps 21 to 23.
Protect a translucent gold mirror with Spray Permalac to avoid scratching the gold.
Angel Gilding differs from silver mirroring in two ways:
1) You need to mix and age the Gold Solution and Gold Activator before you begin.
2) You need to tin the glass with Tin for Gold, not Tin for Silver.
Activate the Gold
1) Measure out 15 ml of Gold Solution and 15 ml of Gold Activator for each square
foot of glass. Pour the chemicals into a clean container, such as a Mek dispenser.
Disconnect the straw in the Mek dispenser during the aging process.
2) Let the mix sit in a warm place for about 12 hours until it has lost all of its color.
The mix has a self life of 2 to 3 days.
3) To test if the mix has aged long enough, pour 5 ml of mix into a paper cup and
add 2 ½ ml of Gold Reducer. The chemicals should stay clear for about 1 minute
and then turn purple. If they turn purple immediately, the mix has not finished
Mix Tin for Gold
1) Use the 10 ml cylinder to measure out 3 ml of concentrated Tin for Gold. Pour it
into the 16 oz measuring cup and add 16 fluid ounces of steam distilled water.
You may have more diluted Tin for Gold than you need, but you will have the
right ratio of Tin to water.
2) Diluted Tin for Gold has a shelf life of 6 to 8 hours. Mix fresh daily.
Measure Activated Gold and Gold Reducer
1) Add 15 ml of Gold Reducer to 30 ml of Activated Gold per square foot of glass.
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Angel Gilding Checklist
1) Mix and age the Gold and Gold Activator as directed before you start.
2) Set out all the chemicals, cleaning supplies and glass.
3) Dilute the Tin for Gold as directed.
4) Clean the glass well with glass cleaner and hot tap water. Rinse it well.
5) Polish flat glass and 3-D Glass with a thin hot slurry of cerium oxide.
6) Remove the cerium oxide with a sponge, paper towel or brush.
7) Rinse the glass thoroughly with distilled water. Tip it all off.
8) Pour on 2 fl oz diluted Tin for Gold for each square foot of glass.
9) Let the tin sit on the glass for 30 seconds.
10) Rinse off the tin with distilled water and tip off the rinse water.
11) Measure out 30 ml of Activated Gold and 15 ml of Gold Reducer for each square
foot of glass (45 ml total).
12) Pour the gold chemicals into a paper cup.
13) Pour them into another paper cup to mix them. Pour back and forth 2 – 3 times.
14) Pour the mixed gold on the glass.
15) Rock the chemicals gently over the glass to get an even distribution.
16) Gold chemicals can take 20 to 40 minutes to deposit.
17) Rock the glass occasionally to maintain an even coating.
18) When the gold deposition is complete, pour off the gold.
19) Rinse the glass well with distilled water.
20) To deepen the gild, add a second layer of gold. Repeat steps 11 – 19.
21) Pour off the second layer and rinse it well.
22) Mix and pour 15 ml each of the silver chemicals for each square foot of glass.
23) Let the silver deposit for 5 minutes. Silver over gold is straw colored, not bright.
24) Pour off the silver and rinse the glass.
25) Stand the mirror on edge to dry.
26) When it is completely dry, apply mirror backing paint.
27) When the paint is completely dry, clean the face of the mirror.
28) Stand back and admire your handiwork.