Re: What is the difference between silver foil and silver leaf?
Copper is a whole different animal from silver. Silver doesn't turn black and ashy like copper does. If I'm remembering right, when Rene Roberts (who does amazing things with metals) gave a presentation at the Alexandria Gathering, she said that silver is more soluble in glass than copper is. She uses enamels with copper - no need to do that with silver, although some people do to get different effects.
When you put leaf or foil on your beads, use a tool to burnish the leaf or foil down onto the bead. Any loose bits that are sticking up will vaporize as soon as you put the bead back into the flame.
Some people prefer silver leaf and some prefer foil. With ivory, leaf gives a more even yellowish-brownish stain, while foil is less even and balls up more into the little silver balls. It depends on which look you like.
If you want to try leaf, don't get the thinnest stuff. It's almost impossible to remove from the backing paper, and if you do get it off, it flies all over the studio before you can get it onto the bead.
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