Some time ago, I picked up some imitation gold leaf from the craft store for a completely different project and thought I’d give it a try in the kiln. This is still one of my favorite pieces, it belongs to someone else now, but luckily I get to visit it.
I started with a circle of 1/8″ thick float (window) glass.
I added a sheet of leaf, and turned the second sheet for contrast.
Then I added some fine copper wire (from a salvaged power cord) and more mica. The wire is very fine, but if you look carefully, you can see the swirls of wire over the mica.
Then more leaf over the copper wire
I ended up with 2 sheets of leaf under the copper wire, and 2 sheets of leaf over the wire. Then I added the top layer of glass.
And then fused it:
Based on the color change, I would guess that this particular imitation gold leaf has aluminum in it. I then slumped the piece into a bowl shape:
***********OBLIGATORY PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE************
Inclusions of any type can and will produce smoke and fumes as they are fired. Best practice is to know what you are firing, what it is made of, what the ingredients are, and what they produce when burned. It is always a good idea to vent your kiln to the outdoors, bad smells are no one’s friend. If in doubt, research first, or don’t do it! Safety first friends.