Gelatin for Gilding

Traditional water gilder’s use a gelatin mixture (size) that will facilitate a sturdy bond between the gold and the substrate. Gelatin is made up of collagen from various animals.   Most of the extractions come from the skin/hides and bones of animals such as cows and pigs. It is a colorless and translucent material that is […]

Traditional Water Gilding

Prior to the 19th century, water gilding was the only method used for all gilding projects.  Today, this method is mostly used for frames, furniture accents, restoration projects, and other small and intricate projects.   Water gilding takes years to perfect.  As you will read, there are many steps that require patience and skill.   This type […]