Gold Leaf Gilding is an art form that dates back many hundreds of years. The term gold leafing used to describe the process where real gold in the form of 23K or 24K gold leaf was used.
These days very little actual gold leaf is used due to use of the relatively cheap alternative available, called schlagmetal or composition leaf to simulate the appearance of genuine gold leaf.
|This metal leaf is composed of 85% copper and 15% zinc and comes in sheets interleaved with tissue paper measuring 140mm x 140mm in packets of 25 sheets.
Although inexpensive and relatively easy to handle, metal leaf has certain limitations. It is not quite as reflective as gold and has a tendency to tarnish if not sealed before use. However the differences are so slight as to make it virtually indistinguishable from gold when applied correctly.
The older methods involved the use of traditional gesso and clay but the newer acrylics have changed the face of gold leafing. Water based products have largely replaced the use of oil sizes and sealers.
5 Simple Steps to Gold Leafing
Step 2. When dry apply a thin coat of Classic Gold Leaf Adhesive Size and allow to dry.
Step 3. Apply the composition Classic Gold Leaf.
Step 4. Apply a coat of Classic Gold Leaf Antiquing Glaze and gently wipe off from surfaces you wish to highlight.
Step 5. Apply a coat of Classic Gold Leaf Satin Sealer.
Additional Supplies Required
The Sterile cotton or cheesecloth is used to buff the gold after all the leaf is applied onto the surface. This is also referred to as burnishing.
The newspaper is used to cover the work surface.
Applying the metal leaf
Keep applying the metal leaf until the entire surface is covered. It does not matter if the sheets overlap.Use small pieces of leaf to cover any areas you many have missed.
Tamping the Leaf
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