Periodically I see references here on Orchid and other places,
about foiling stones and that sort of thing...
Do be aware that "foiling stones" is only very rarely done, or
needed, these days. It generally only affects the appearance of a
transparent stone mounted in a closed back setting, like a close
bezel, and then mostly only when the stone is NOT facetted to modern
optically efficient angles. It was historically used with old
facetting methods, like rose cuts, where one saw through the stone to
the metal underneath. Nowadays, it generally offers no benefit in
Where does one get precious metal foil....? I'm thinking silver
and maybe gold here...
the most common uses I can think of in metals/jewelery work is in
enamelling, so enamelling supply houses sometimes carry it. Also,
it's sometimes used in glassblowing too. And though a fair number of
metals artists use Gold foil in doing Korean Kum Bo, it's not yet a
But as I said, the enamel supply, and glass supply houses carry it.
here's one I happened upon last night, when looking for a cheap
source of didymium glasses (cuts sodium flare from fluxes, while
soldering. here, they're 29.95 a pair!) Anyway, they do have gold
and silver foils and leafs (both).
http://www.glasscolor.com/catalog/metalLeaf/index.asp the glasses:
click on miscellaneous supplies, most of the way down the page you'll
find em. The URL is way too long to paste in here...
And here's another supplier who also has leafs and foils, including
some gold leaf specified as heavier than usual and much heavier than
usual, which might be interesting to explore. Also a variety of
various patinas/colors on copper foil...
Hope that helps.