BOLE - Clay for gilding

Traditional clay bole and Insta-clay for Traditional Water Gilding

BOLE - Clay for gilding

Traditional clay bole and Insta-clay for Traditional Water Gilding

Gilder’s burnish clay or clay bole is an essential part of the traditional water gilding system with gold and silver leaf. Brushed in multiple thin coats over a primed or gesso surface, burnish clay is what allows water gilded gold or silver to be polished to a mirror gloss finish.

Selhamin burnish clay is available in dry cone form which needs to be crushed, reconstituted with water into a slurry and screened before being mixed with a prepared adhesive (such as rabbit skin glue). Selhamin clay is also available in a prepared paste in which the preliminary reconstituting has already been done.

Kolner Insta-clay is a single process base for water gilding, Insta-Clay eliminates the need for glue, gesso and bole. Developed by Kölner-GlanzGold-Grund to meet the demands of the commercial producer of gilded objects, Insta-Clay is used to prepare moldings and other items for gilding. This new process replaces the complex and labor intensive steps associated with traditional water gilding.



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