Gelatin for Gilding

Pierre Finkelstein 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 brittle in its dry form.  When it is dissolved in water and then cooled, it becomes gelatinous.

Gelatin comes in many forms: in a capsule, powder, granulated, or in diamond-cut sheets.  We use the sheets.  I simply break off a section and drop it into hot, tap water.

Refer to the water gilding post for more information.


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