Samples of various different types of leaf are shown below & can be applied either,alone or in any combination to most

surfaces, for a unique, personalised look. All these samples have been hand lettered using only traditional methods.

Click on the thumbnails to view the effects of the gilding

Samples of various different types of leaf are shown below & can be applied either,alone or in any combination to most

surfaces, for a unique, personalised look. All these samples have been hand lettered using only traditional methods.

Click on the thumbnails to view the effects of the gilding

Definition of gilding

noun

[mass noun]

the process of applying a thin layer of a precious or semi-precious metal, such as Gold to a surface.

the material used in, or the surface produced by, gilding

A wide range of different gilded effects can be acheived by combining different carat values of gold, silver, copper and variegated leaf, but as a rule, for a standard gold finish, I use 23 1/2 Carat gold leaf, which will reflect the light like no paint ever can and will add a certain intrinsic value to your motorcycle or helmet or almost anything else that you wish to have gilded. The methods, materials and tools used in the gilding process have remained practically unchanged since ancient times and some of the ingredients and specialist tools used for various types of gilding, read like a recipe from an alchemist's almanac...for example: rabbit skin glue, gelatin, gesso, garlic juice, cuttlefish bone, honey and, wait for it...earwax.

Tools used in the Gilding process:

1) Genuine Silver Leaf.

2) 23 1/2 Carat Gold Leaf.

3) Gilders cushion for cutting the leaf on, made from calfskin with a parchment draught shield.

4) Gilders knife for cutting the leaf into

manageable sized pieces... kept blunt &

scrupulously clean by wiping with silk.

5) Squirrel hair Gilders tips for transferring

Gold leaf from the cushion to the working area.

6) Pestle & mortar for mixing various

substances required in the Gilding process.

7) Pounce bag for applying french chalk to a

surface to prevent the gold sticking to

unwanted areas.

8) Armenian bole/Gesso mix for creating a

smooth surface prior to gilding.

9) Gold size used as an adhesive for the Gold

Leaf.

10) Various sized lettering pencils & quills all made from pure sable.

11) Dogtooth agate burnisher for bringing the gold to a high lustre.

12) Velvet pad used for producing engine-turned effects on Gold Leaf.

13) Sable/Squirrel hair mix Gilders mop with various uses.

Samples of various different types of leaf are shown in the Gilding Portfolio & can be applied either,alone or in any combination to most surfaces, for a unique, personalised look. All these samples have been hand lettered using only traditional methods.

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