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This stack-exchange question inspired me to dig out old skills and tools. Untouched for years, I got out my bookbinders gilding cushion and related paraphernalia. Getting back into the fiddlyness of handling gold leaf, I have squandered a few sheets. But it is fun. One thing: you cannot be impatient handling it, breathing is forbidden, and sighing spells catastrophe.

It is impossible for a photograph to capture the glittery shinyness of polished gold. What I really want to get done well is raised gilding, so I am waiting for some tools and mysterious chemicals to give it a proper go. As of now, I am using PVA glue (wood glue, childrens glue) for gesso,  and a jade goldfish for polishing. Not the best solution. Updates later.

PVA as gesso - real hassle to get it to flow and shape well.

PVA as gesso – real hassle to get it to flow and shape well.

Attempting to combine raised and flat gilding

Attempting to combine raised and flat gilding

Different lighting for raised and flat gilding

Different lighting for raised and flat gilding

Laying of leaf gold

Laying of leaf gold

Brushing away excess gold

Brushing away excess gold


benteh

“Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is”. All-round nerd with a tendency to poke things with a stick to see what happens. Doodler, artist, bookbinder, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, web developer.

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