I'm trying to achieve a golden metallic effect, the way I can with silver leaf when I reduce it lightly. I've tried doing the same with gold leaf, but it doesn't react the same way. It seems to either be solid or get burned off. I also tried iris gold powder, which gives a sheen, but it goes brownish looking under the sheen, and masks the colors. Fuming with gold (if I understand it correctly - have never done it) would cover the entire bead, and I'd like to have the gold come and go, so the irridescence would be here and there, not everywhere, and also be somewhat opaque in areas.
Here's a link to some beads I've done with silver leaf that shows the effect I'd like to get, but with gold. The silver doesn't show up very well in the photo, so you might have to use your imagination a bit.
and thanks again to Margi who let me post in her album!