The Smith Tip

This gilding tool which I designed in 2007 is known as a Smith Tip. I developed it for the application of applying full gold leaves to glass and flat oil gilded surfaces.

The traditional design for a gilding tip is usually for half size leaves, but I noticed even the experienced gilder struggling on occasions trying to apply full sheets of gold to glass using a normal tip. This gilding tool comes in its own unique box with a separate brass handle for you to screw to the base of the tool. It is robust in design and when mastered after applying several leaves will save you on gold leaf and time.

Please view the videos of my children using it for the very first time, Lauren was 8 and Millie was 5 in these videos in 2007. For information on this tool and where to purchase it, please email me at [email protected]

Gilding Glass The Smith Tip

Gilding The Smith Tip

Gilding New Gilders Tip by Sign Artist Dave Smith

Gilding by Lauren Smith using the new Smith Tip

Gilding Glass by a Little Princess called Millie Smith

Goldleafing with the New Smith Tip

Glass Gilding using Gold Leaf by 9 yr old Lauren Smith

25 Responses to “The Smith Tip”

  1. Donna Puterbaugh says:

    I’m in Southern California, where can I order the Smith’s tip?

  2. I got one!…No wait….I got two! And they both work!

    Atta Boy Dave!

  3. Dave says:

    Nice one Robare! at least I know they are laying gold with them in Chicago. Thanks

  4. Leo Calleros says:

    Already have one an love it. Dont get to use it as much as I would like but the times I do I really have a great time with it here in Texas.

  5. John Arnott says:

    I’ve seen your tip being used at Roderick Treece’s workshop. Next time I’ve got to try it for myself. Could you let me know the cost including shipping to San Diego CA
    Thanks so much for sharing with all of us regular guys!

  6. Rob Schramm says:


    I bought one from Angel Gilding and I have to say much like all your other things you design, this too is top notch! Speeds up gilding time like you had a helper and lays it on much smoother.
    Bravo on a great tool.


  7. ray pedersen says:

    G’Day Dave…

    Am I able to puchase 1 or more of your “Gilding Tips”?
    I have been using the usual method & tip 3.5inch & 4inch although having seen the ease of applying a full sheet of plain gold with your designed Tip I would appreciate having several sizes if they are available…

    My location is Berwick Melbourne Australia.

  8. David Smith says:

    Yes I can send you one Ray. I will email the cost etc….

  9. Trevor says:

    Hi David,
    A friend of mine Ray from Berwick in Melbourne is trying to buy 1 of your tips from you.
    He doesn’t have a PAYPAL account though I do. He will contact you and find cost etc and I will arrange payment via my Paypal account if that’s OK? Do you have a Paypal account or a checkout attached to your website etc? so as to forward payment on Ray’s behalf?
    I Await your reply,
    Many Thanks

  10. David Smith says:

    I have sent you an email Ray,let me know if you get it mate.

  11. Thomas says:

    Greetings from Germany -can i order your tool?..Seems to be very good..
    i am a newbie-but want to start -i like your awesome work!
    i have a paypal account..thanks and regards

  12. David Smith says:

    Hello Thomas.
    Yes you can order it from me here .I will email you costs etc.

  13. mark fisher says:

    Hi dave,

    Can you let me know if you have any smith tip’s in stock?



  14. David Smith says:

    Plenty here if you need one Mark.

  15. Shazly says:

    please tell me the tool price + shipping
    location : Egypt

  16. Trevor says:

    Hi Dave,
    Can I order another tip for my Friend Ray Pederson please.
    Please email cost and International Registered post to Melbourne Australia.

  17. nikos polymeropoulos says:

    where we by this and the price

  18. good to see the Smith tips are so popular Dave. Very best, f

  19. David Smith says:

    Thanks Frances. People are using them all over the world which is pretty cool.

  20. Hi David,

    Hope you’re well!

    Amazing work!!!! just wondering if i can order a Smith Tip we are in Australia.

    thank you
    regards Nick

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