Being Smart About Crafting

Tips For Buying Silver And Gold Leaf For Crafting

If you love to do crafts, then there is a chance that you might have really wanted to give some of your jewelry or other handmade items some sparkle by coating them in gold or silver leaf. However, you might not know how to go about finding and purchasing gold and silver leaf. Here are some tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

1. Do Your Research on What the Stamp Will Be

One of the easiest ways to purchase gold and silver leaf is online through a supplier. The problem is that it would be very easy for your supplier to sell you a fake product. You need to be able to quickly verify that the gold and silver that you have purchased is genuine so that you can set the prices of your crafts appropriately when you sell them in store or at craft shows. In order to do this, find out the country from which your supplier is selling. Then, look up the markings that the government of that country puts on their precious metals to prove that they are genuine. If the product that you buy does not have the appropriate seal, then you are purchasing a fake product and will need to send it back or use it, sell your crafts at a cheaper price, and get most of your money back.

2. Don't Worry if It's Light

If the gold or silver leaf you have purchased and received is very light, you might worry that you did not purchase the real thing. Don't stress out too much because gold leaf tends to be really light. If you are especially worried, look up the weight of the carat of gold or silver that you purchased and multiply that by the amount that you purchased. Compare the weight of what you received to the weight of what it should be. Fake gold leaf or fake silver leaf will almost always weigh less. This is another way to check to make sure that you are purchasing real silver and gold leaf.

3. Don't Touch Other Pieces

When you receive your gold leaf or silver leaf, know that it will wrinkle very easily. Try to avoid touching any sheets that you are not using at that moment in order to make sure that you don't inadvertently wrinkle your sheets. Use soft nose tweezers if you are worried about touching the other sheets.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in selling gold and silver leaf, like Coins Plus or a similar location.