Preparation of Gelatin Size

We offer different types of Gelatin Size. American Gelatin Glue is used in the production of Gesso and Clay Bole.

Gelatin Diamond sheets are used for Gilding on Glass

Preparation of Gelatin Size

Rabbit skin glue has held traditional water gilding together for centuries. The time honored process of breaking sheets, soaking, heating, cooling, refrigerating and reheating are the chores of the gilder. Modern times, new products and a better way is discovered. A new gelatin glue made from animal products maintains the natural composition of traditional water gilding, but saves time and produces a better burnish! Simple to use. Just add water, mix what you need and heat. No soaking.No making batches. No storing. Consistent and dependable, it produces the shine all gilders strive to achieve. The new gelatin glue is equal in strength to rabbit skin glue. Your personal style of gilding may cause the ratios to be adjusted and a few simple tests will lead to outstanding results. Santa Fe Formula For gesso, dissolve 40-44 grams of gelatin in 14 ounces of water, heat and add whiting in the same ratio as when working with rabbit skin glue. Dissolve 28-30 grams of gelatin in 10 ounces of water, heat and mix with clay in the same ratio as when working with rabbit skin glue. Purchase and more info
Platinum white gelatin sheets are the alternate to 00 gelatin capsules. Each sheet is embossed with 80 diamonds. A two diamond section is equal to one 00 gelatin capsule and, when placed in one half pint of water, it will make an average strength batch of gelatin glue size. Purchase and more info.

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Material Size Quantity Coverage
Gold Leaf Pack 3 3/8" x 3 3/8" 500 leaves 39.5 sqft.
Gold Leaf Book 3 3/8" x 3 3/8" 25 leaves 1.98 sqft.
Metal Leaf Pack 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" 500 leaves 100 sqft.
Metal Leaf Book 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" 25 leaves 5 sqft
Gold Leaf Master Roll 4 1/8" x 69 ft. Master Roll 23.5 sqft.
Silver Leaf Master Roll 5 3/4" x 82 ft. Master Roll 39 sqft.
Metal Leaf Roll 5 meter 6 1/4" sq. x 15 ft. Master Roll 3 sqft.
Metal Leaf Roll 50 meter 6 1/4" x 164 ft Master Roll 82 sqft.
Metal Leaf Roll 75 meter 6 1/4" x 246 ft. Master Roll 123 sqft.

Measurements are calculated without consideration for waste or overlap.

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Dimentions & Leaf size

Leaf Size: Gold leaf is 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches square (85 mm x 85 mm) and is sold in units called packs, containing 500 leaves. A pack is divided into 20 books with each book containing 25 leaves.

Leaf size Chart! For more information on leaf sizes visit Gilding Basics XXXX.