Even with the best resources available, and the best tools, we found ourselves facing the 'unusual project'. And that's where the human factor enters. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced Master Gilder, we're here to help. Go ahead, throw the proverbial 'mud' against our wall (in this case, elegantly golden mud)! Let see if we can help it stick!
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Or, tell us about your project! We can help with methods and techniques, work with you on determining the correct material selection for your unique project, whether interior or exterior - waterbased or oil. We'll also calculate the required marterials based on sqft or object dimensions. We are here to help!
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Knowledge - The more you know, the better you are equipt for success.
Tools - We all know we are only as good as the materials we use. Quality does matter. From good quality Chinese leaf to high-end European supplies, you can find all the gilding supplies your project requires. And if you can't... ask us!
Support - Because even the most seasoned artists need help every now and again. Two heads are better than one. We'll work with you to help you succeed, this time, every time!
Applying Genuine Gold leaf or Imitation Gold leaf to metal surfaces.
Apply genuine god, silver, imitation gold, aluminum and copper leaf metal surfaces. Interior and exterior surfaces, you'll learn about types of adhesive, tacking and drying rates, easy leaf application tips and cleaning and burnishing the leaf.
|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.
Surface Gold - Surface gold leaf may have a few irregularities and is often used where double gilding is required or the leaf will be distressed or toned.
Loose Gold - A book of loose gold leaf is assembled by placing each piece of gold leaf between pieces of thin rouged paper. The gilder can then remove one leaf at a time without disturbing the remaining leaves. It is removed from the book with a gilder's tip, a flat natural hair brush.
Glass Gold This term applies to gold leaf which is selected for it's higher quality having fewer pinholes and irregularities.
Double Gold Double gold does not mean that the leaf is two times thicker than regular leaf. Double leaf may be only 10% to 20% thicker than regular gold leaf. Double means that it is heavier than regular.
Patent Gold Patent gold leaf, also referred to as transfer leaf, is gold leaf mounted to special tissue paper by a pressure process. A book of patent gold leaf is assembled by placing each unit of gold leaf and tissue paper between pieces of thin rouged paper. The gilder can then remove one leaf at a time without disturbing the remaining leaves.
Patent leaf is removed from the book without the aid of a gilder's tip. The leaf will stay on the tissue until it is pressed onto the prepared surface and the tissue backing is removed. This form of gold leaf is necessary for outdoor work or where conditions would make loose leaf unmanageable. Patent gold leaf is not suitable for water gilding and is best suited for flat surfaces.
Patent gold leaf is sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity and needs to be stored properly. Store patent leaf in a damp environment of about 80% humidity wrapped in plastic wrap. This helps to prevent the moisture content of the tissue paper from fluctuating.
Patent leaf may become loose on the tissue paper if stored in a dry warm environment. To correct this problem, the book of patent leaf needs to be stored in a humid environment under pressure to 'remount' the leaf to the paper. If the leaf was stored in a very hot and humid environment, the leaf may adhere too tightly to the paper. To correct this problem, store patent the patent leaf in a refrigerator or a dry cool place.Gilded Building details made from wood, stone, fiberglass and metal take on the dynamic qualities of gold - its luster and color. The correct selection of gold leaf, its gold content and thickness, will ensure a long lasting gilded ornament.
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.