Gold Leaf NZ

NZ’s Official Supplier of Kölner, Noris, & Nazionale

Official Supplier of Noris Gold Leaf, Kolner, Nazionale

Edible gold inspiration using
24k gold flakes and gold Leaf

Add a luxury style to your dinning moment using

24k gold flakes and edible gold leaf.

Turn your usual celebration into a royal event by adding some gold flakes to your food and beverage.

The reward is nothing but a golden memory for years to come.

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How do you apply edible gold leaf to a cake?

  • For the loose gold leaf, slide the gold leaf onto the cake. You can also use the Edible Leaf Application (Gilder’s Tip) to place the gold / silver leaf precisely where you want.
  • Always avoid touching gold leafs with your fingers.
  • Apply the leafs in a non-draught environment.
  • Avoid breathing over the leaf as this will cause the leaf to wrinkle or fly away.
  • Always keep the leafs in a dry place, between 10c and 30c.
  • Use the supplied edible gold or silver leafs within three years from the date of purchase.
  • For the edible gold leaf to stick, make sure your cake is free of any powder or sugar.
  • If the surface of the cake is wet or moist already, then that’s best, if it is dry and hard (such as biscuit) brush a thin layer of water over the area where you will apply the gold leaf using a food paintbrush.
  • Use the Edible Leaf Application Brush for picking up the gold leaf and place precisely where you want on the cake, the Gilder’s Tip is perfect for applying gold leaf vertically such as on the cake outside walls.
  • If you do not have the Edible Leaf Application Brush, slide the gold leaf to drop where you want. For Transfer gold leaf, face the gold side on the cake and then use cotton or the Transfer brush and press down gently on the back of the tissue paper to transfer the leaf from its tissue paper onto the cake.

How long does edible gold leaf last?

The edible gold leaf lasts up to three years from the date of manufacturing. Edible Gold is used in gourmet foods, such as cocktails, pastries as a decorative ingredient.

Is edible gold leaf real gold?

Yes, edible gold leaf or flakes are made of pure Gold 24k, however, it also comes in 23k, (99% gold and 1% silver) both genuine Gold and silver are safe to consume. Thus edible gold leaf is relatively inexpensive.

Can you use edible gold leaf on buttercream?

Buttercream is the perfect foundation for loose edible gold leaf because the leafs are so thin they will follow the contour of the butter and stick easily.

What does gold leaf taste like?

Edible Gold has no taste at all, it is nothing but a shiny glitter that adds luxury style to your food.

What is best: Loose or Transfer gold leaf?

Loose Edible Gold leaf: are best for soft surfaces such as cream, butter and jelly. Drop the loose-leaf, and it will stick by itself without having to press down on it.

Transfer Edible Gold leaf is best for the solid or hard surfaces where you can press down on the tissue paper to ensure that the gold has stuck on all the dentation and curves. Besides, the Transfer gold leaf is great for gilding the outside of your cake vertically.

How to gild on headstone with gold leaf

Turn your headstone into a long-lasting piece of art by using genuine gold leaf to preserve the details of the headstone. To gild on stone (headstone), you can follow two methods: one is by using KGGG System Fond and the second method is by using Instacoll Gilding size.
For using KGGG System go to How to gild with Kölner KGGG System Fond and follow the same instruction as in the article.

For Gilding Headstone with Instacoll Gilding Size, continue reading:

1- Preparing the headstone surface
The surface must be dry, free from dust and grease. The stone surfaces must be so smooth for the gold leaf to stick correctly and give that metallic shine.

2- Applying the Gilding Sizing (Adhesive)
Gilding Size, sometimes called adhesive, which is what makes the gold leaf stick to the surface. Remember, High-quality gilding size can last years, Kolner Instacoll gilding size (1hr) and Kolner Instacoll gilding size (4hr) are world best size for indoor and outdoor gilding. It is suitable for all genuine gold, silver and all metal leaf.

  • Apply one coat of a diluted mix of 9 parts Instacoll Base to 1 part water using Gilder’s Brush For Size Application. Allow about 40 minutes to dry.
  • Now apply a normal (undiluted) Instacoll size one or two layers to cover the surface well.
  • Let Instacoll dry entirely about an hour or so.

3- Gold leaf application
– Gold leaf for outdoor headstone
Genuine gold leafs are for indoor and outdoor gilding. However, for outdoor gilding use at least 23k to avoid oxidization. Genuine gold leafs are available in Transfer and Loose. The Transfer leafs are best for outdoor gilding where wind and draft make it challenging to handle the loose leafs.

  • Transfer gold leaf
    The individual gold leafs are pressed onto a tissue paper. It is more easily handled. It is also possible to cut the patent leaves into desired shapes/forms with scissors. The leafs are placed onto the prepared surface and carefully rubbed with Gilder’s Soft Wool Brush For Transfer Leaf Application. The tissue paper may then be removed as the gold leaf will adhere to the surface/object.
  • Loose Gold leaf
    The gold leafs are placed loosely and individually between folded tissue or in paper booklets, loosely inlaid in 25 compartments, one for each leaf. To cut the leaf, one may take it from the booklet with the gilder’s knife and place it on the gilder’s cushion or drop it directly from the booklet onto the gilding cushion. Then, pick up the leaf with the gilder’s tip and place it onto the prepared surface.
  • If you prefer to use loose gold leaf on the headstone, remember to apply the gold leaf before the Instacoll dry out.

– Gold leaf for the indoor headstone
If your headstone is going to be indoor only, you can use less than 23k gold you can even use metal (Imitation/composition) leaf too. However, it would be best if you used Leaf Protect or Shellac to seal the metal leaf and prevent oxidation.

4- The Activator
After the Instacoll has dried completely, apply the Activator (1hr) or Activator (1hr) with a Gilder’s Brush For Size Application and let it dry (5-10 min).

  • Firmly press down the gold leaves and rub with cotton over the transfer paper or use Gilder’s Soft Wool Brush For Transfer Leaf Application to press down the gold leaf.
  • Peel off the transfer paper, gently press down the gold leaf with the Instacoll Tissue once more and brush off the redundant gold. Burnish the gold with the Instacoll Tissue carefully.
  • Gilding time is unlimited, so if you are gilding a large project, you can re-use the Activator to reactivate the Instacoll adhesive and continue gilding, even months later.

5- Protecting the gilded surface
There is no need to varnish genuine gold leaf that is 23k and above unless it is in a high traffic area, in this case, use the Leaf Protect. All metal leaf and genuine gold leaf which is less than 23k will tarnish over time, therefore, apply one or two coats of any of these two seals.

Gilding Size: How to gild with Kölner Permacoll Size

Kölner Permacoll Size is a permanent contact adhesive gilding size for metal leaf. Permacoll – Size offers far more flexibility than oil sizes with their long drying times and short working times. Permacoll – Size dries within 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon thickness and remaining pourosity of surface. Metal leaf can be applied hours or even days later.

This product is designed for the attainment of decorative metallic surfaces that are not exposed to the weather or excessive wear. It is not burnishable. Permacoll – Size is recommended as an adhesive for metal leaf on all types of non-porous surfaces, smooth or textured. Uses include the preparation of frames, the decoration of sets for theater, film, and window displays as well as architectural ornaments.

Porous surfaces: such as plaster, stucco, wood and wood composites should first be impregnated with Kolner Sealer 123-A-, thinned 1 : 0,5 or 1 : 1 with water or Kolner Einlaßgrund -P. After the sealant is dry apply Permacoll – Size, unthinned, with a soft brush.

Non-porous: or slightly porous surfaces that are dust and grease free, such as painted or laquered wood or plastics, can be covered immediately with Permacoll – Size. Should Permacoll tend to bead up, as may occur on some plastics, a drop of liquid detergent added to the size will generally alleviate the problem.

After the surface has dried – recognizable by a uniform sheeen and saturated (darkened) appearence of the substrate – any type of metal leaf can be applied. Areas that appear mat or dull after drying should receive a second coat of Permacoll – Size before proceeding. Once metal leaf has been applied in the usual way the surface should be rubbed lightly with cotton (be careful with genuine gold leaf !).

Summerized instruction for “cracking effects” with Permacoll – Size:

  • Apply Permacoll – Size with soft brush not too thin in one direction.
  • After drying apply patent gold leaf or -silver leaf and rub metal surface with a ball of cotton in one direction.
  • Brush on a solution of yellow dextrine, 50% in water above metal surface. Add a drop of liquid detergent to dextrine solution to prevent beading ups.
  • Dextrine layer starts to crackle after drying. Cracking-width depends on thickness of layer and speed of drying.
  • Accelerated drying and/or thicker layer makes wider cracks.
  • Cracks are enclosing metal underneath.
  • Dextrine may be washed away but has not to be washed generally.
  • One may force the cracking lines with rubbing an oil paint in a contrast colour.
  • It is possible to protect the whole piece with transparent acrylic coating (not water-based as long as dextrine layer underneath).

Kölner Permacoll Size available in clear & red Adhesive size for metal leaf.

Kölner KGGG System Burnishing Clay FOND  / High Gloss Traditional Water Gilding

Sealer 123 A 100ml, 500ml, 1000ml, 4L

Impregnation agent

Sealer 123-A- is a concentrated water based sealer designed to prepare porous surfaces prior to application of Kolner Burnishing Clay and Sprayfond, Sealer 123-A- also serves as a protective coating over leaf metals such as silver or composition leaf.

Application: Dilute Sealer 123-A- with tap water in a ratio of 1 : ½ to 1 : 1,5 . Ratio of thinning depends on expecting absorbeny.

Apply thinned solution with a soft brush or sprayer. Quantity of application depends on porousity of surfaces. In case of extreme porousity (like plaster or some soft woods) a wet-on-wet– application is recommended.

If a glossy film is visible after drying, the solution was too concentrated or the number of layers too high! After drying only a satin sheen should be visible otherwise problems of adhesion or crackings of following layers of primer are expecting. Allow sealer to dry thoroughly before applying any additional layers of Burnishing Clay or Instaclay. Drying time is approximately ½ to 1 hour.

Additional uses: Sealer 123-A- can be used as protective coat over leaf metals which tend to oxidation like silver or composition gold. Because Sealer 123-A- films are not absolutely water resistant, this product is only designed for interior use. Sealer 123-A- should be thinned with 20% to 50% with tap water. To avoid too much airbubbles, work with water-moistend bruh and apply solution slowly in one direction. One single layer is enough.

A colored overcoat serving as glaze will be made from Sealer-123A-, +10% water and a dyestuff solved in pure alcohol. As deystuff may serve wood stain. Up to 25% of wood stain/ alcohol – solution should be added to Sealer 123-A- concentrate.

Burnishing Clay FOND 100ml, 500ml, 1000ml, 4L

Formulated for brush application, Kolner Burnishing Clay is a water-based burnishable gesso primer for gold, silver and composition leaf.

This product – available in 7 colors- is ideally suited for creation of water gilded and burnished frames, interior architectural elements and furniture ornaments, to achieve a traditional look for less effort.


  1. Combines the properties of gesso and bole in one pre-mixed, brushable solution; available in several traditional bole colors as well as in white, which can be colored with Mixol tinting pastes.
  2. Applied at room temperature
  3. Due to the high solids content, only three or four coats are needed
  4. There is no limit on burnishing, and even composition leaf can be burnished.
  5. Dries to a hard finish, comparable to traditional gesso
  6. Can be thinned with water and contents organic solvent < 3%.

Limitations: Though water resistant, Kölner Burnishing Clay is not waterproof and will swell if soaked; therefore use only on interior surfaces (use Instacoll for exterior applications).

Susceptible to alkaline cleaners (e.g. containing ammonia, alcohol, aceton and other polar solvents).

Properties: mix ratio: To ensure greater storage stability, Kolner Burnishing Clay is a thixotropic material, and must therefore stirred thoroughly before use to convert it from gel-like viscosity to a more free-flowing consistency, comparable to an alkyd paint. Depending upon the intended use, it can be thinned with up to 15% water, by volume.

Drying time: Being water based, the drying time will be affected by temperature and relative humidity. Recoating can occur after the entire surface has lightened in color even though it may still feel cold to the touch. Under normal conditions, small objects can be prepared for gilding in half a day.

Color: Kolner Burnishing Clay is available in the traditional bole colors. All colors can be intermixed. If additional tones are desired, use Mixol tints but only with Sorte -C- (white). But do not add more than 5% by weight, otherwise some properties may be affected.

Storage: There is a shelf-life of at least 1 year at room temperature. To ensure maximum shelf-life, never return leftover solutions to original container! Kolner Burnishing Clay is freeze-thaw stable, which means that it will not be damaged should it have been frozen once during transport. Allow to come to room temperature, add a small amount of water and stir thoroughly.

Application: For satisfactory adhesion, surface must be dust, grease and corrosion free. Glossy surfaces should be sanding to ensure bonding. Substrates for Burnishing Clay include wood and wood products, plaster, compo, plastics and nonferrous metals. With some plastics and metals, a pimer is recommended to assure good adhesion. Most porous surfaces require a sealant. Einlaßgrund-P was especially designed as sealant forKolner Burnishing Clay and is recommended for all porous surfaces.

Thin material with 5% to a maximum of 15% with water. Using a good quality, soft bristle brush, apply the first coat liberally. After making sure that all surfaces are covered, smooth out brush strokes by going over entire surface with a thin coat, in the direction of the woodgrain. Await a lightening in color before applying a second coat. Where raised grain or drips are visible after the second coat has dried, sanding is recommended. Apply a total of 3 or 4 coats, allowing to dry in between coats.

Sanding: There is no substitute for careful sanding if blemish-free gilded surface is desired. After proper drying the surface can be sanded wet or dry. In either case high quality aluminium oxide- or silicon carbide paper should be used! Many prever sanding wet, starting with 320 grit, moving to 400 and finishing with 600 grit, wiping off the slurry with a damp cloth in between. Avoid puddling of water! Final gentle polishing with alcohol moistened cloth will produce an absolutely smooth and well prepared surface. Whichever method chosen, do not try to speed the process by using cheap, coarse garnet paper or exerting exessive pressure. This only scratches the clay and removes too much of it, requiring recoating.

Leafing: Gild with leaf using Colnasol Size. Gilding is similar to traditional water gilding except that Burnishing Clay wets out less readily than traditional gesso – saturate your object section by section; re-wet immediately prior to laying the leaf, such that there is a thin film of Colnasol Size over the section.

Burnishing: The size under the leaf must be completely dry. Drying time depends on metal thickness, temperature and humitity. For more details about leafing and burnishing see directions of Colnasol Gel Concentrate. 

Kölner KGGG system Colnasol 10G

To produce 500ml size for watergilding

Colnasol Gel Concentrate is a quickly prepared size / adhesive available in concentrated tablet form. Dissolved in water, the gel tablets make a „gilder´s liquor“ designed for the adhesion of gold, silver and Dutch metal* leaf to Kolner Burnishing Clay and Sprayfond. This product is integral component of the Kolner System. 

Each tablet (10 gram) will make ½ Liter of Colnasol gel Size. 

In addition to use for water gilding, the gel solution may also be used as a mixing agent for Kolner Reliefkitt in full or half concentration.

Store solution and undissolved tablets in a refrigerator!

Directions: Colnasol Gel Concentrate must be dissolved in hot tap water not below 50°C (122°F) and not over 65°C (150°F).

  1. Drop one tablet into a clean glass container holding ½ Lt. hot water.
  2. Stir until completely dissolved. The solution should be the color of cloudy water.
  3. Cool at room temperature before using!
  4. Apply solution with a soft hair brush 2 or 3 times to wet the surface completely.
  5. Instantly place pieces of metal leaf onto wet surface similar to the method of traditional water gilding. Never use patent metals.
  6. If necessary, use a small brush to apply size to „holidays“ and patch with small pieces of leaf.

Depending on temperature, thickness of metal and humidity, let the surface dry for at least 2 hours; longer for silver and Dutch metal. Afterward, burnish the gilded surfaces with an agate in the usual manner but using a lighter touch than used with traditional clay.

* Dutch metal = composition metal needs a stronger solution: dissolve one tablet in 400 ml hot water.

Shelf-life of Colnasol Gel Concentrat is 9 month stored in a refrigerator.

Shelf-life of Colnasol Gel Size is several daysdepending on temperature and hygienic circumstances.