Skewer for metal leaf

Verb: to skewer.  Not just for making kabobs!  In decorative painting, skewering is the act of removing the lap mark of excess leaf from your freshly gilded surface.  Using soft brush for skewering is crucial, as metal leaf will scratch easily. Before skewering … Skewering in process.  See also a video post on the full […]

Versailles Palace from a decorative painter’s eye: Gilding

22K, oil size surface leaf on the gate of the Palace of Versailles.  Notice the background palace with gilded roof done with same gold.  There are several million dollar worth of gold in the gilding at the palace.  Remember: real gold is an inalterable material (it does not oxidize or rust) and therefore,  perfect for […]

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 […]