Monday, September 1, 2014

How To Make Your Own Gold Metallic Jewelry Tattoos

If you've noticed, metallic 'jewelry' tattoos are 'in' right now. You can buy them, but I'd like to show you how to make your own!

Here's a set of tattoos currently for sale on Etsy... you can find them lots of places online and in shops...

Since I have a Silhouette Cutting System, I designed my own template.... I drew some squiggles in various thicknesses. You can draw anything... or you can even buy some pre-made designs from the Silhouette store for a small fee.

I sent it to the cutter and created my own templates.

I had a book of gold leaf- it's about $50 for a book of 25 leaves last time I checked....

And I used this acrylic liquid glue that came with my glitter tattoo set. You can also use the wonderful templates that come with the glitter tattoos, but I wanted to create my own...

Put on a thin layer of glue using the template as a guide, pressed tight against the skin...

And wait for the glue to dry clear- about 5 minutes. Sort of like using sizing and gold-leafing, but this time you're gold-leafing yourself! Use the sheet of leaf and keep it on the tissue paper so it's easier to handle, and press it into the sticky dried glue.

It will look messy...

But then just use the brush that comes with the tattoo kit or your own fan brush and brush away the excess gold leaf.


In the end, my daughter wanted it to look like a bracelet, so we used the glue and drew a line around it so it would look like a bangle. Added some more gold leaf, and brushed off the excess.  I suppose you could also buy some less expensive silver or other leaf, to try different colors for less of an investment. Pretty cool, eh?


  1. What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing!

  2. very cool and fun!

    Catherine Witherell

  3. Hi ms Dana I want to know where I can find the golden sheet... can u send me the link to buy it online...

  4. I bought my gold leaf in a crafts store many years ago- you can probably find it on Ebay or do a Google search!

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