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Gilders Tools

THE FOLLOWING TOOLS CAN BE USED IN WATER GILDING:

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· Gilders Cushion: Used as a safe surface on which to cut and prepare the metal leaf

· Gilders Knife: A balanced knife with which to cut the gold into piece

· Gilders Tips: Usually made from Squirrel or Badger hair (Squirrel is arguably the best choice) the tips are used to transfer the cut gold onto the surface

· Hog Hair Fitches: Used for the application of Gesso and Bole.

· Gilders Mop: Used for the application of Mordant.

· Sable and Camel Hair Brushes: Used for painting upon gilded surfaces, or skewing gold off the finished surface in fine areas.

· Selection of Bristle Brushes: Various uses.

· Various Agate BurnishingTools: For burnishing the finished surface.

· Assortment of Modelling Tools: For repairing or creating profiles and missing pieces.

· Range of Carving Chisels: For re-carving the edges of applied Gesso on finely detailed work.

 

THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS ARE USED IN WATER GILDING:

· Rabbit Skin Glue: Made from the animals, this glue is used in several of the gilding processes. It is obtainable in granules and must be made up in a Rabbits Skin Glue Size to be used.

· Gilders Refined Whiting: Very finely ground chalk, or calcium carbonate, used in the creation of Gesso. Gilders whiting is a lot more refined than ordinary 'household' whiting, which would be much too coarse.

· Fine Silk: Used to create Intelaggio for gaps and corners.

· Fine White Cotton Rag: For polishing the Gesso and Bole.

· Yellow Pigment: For the recesses of the subject, enabling a more sympathetic finish within hard to reach areas.

· Armenian Bole: Available in a range of colours, this fine clay makes an excellent final layer for the gold. It is the abilities of the Bole that makes burnishing possible.

· 0000 Flour Paper: For gentle sanding of the Gesso.

· Gold Leaf: For application upon the surface.

· Alcohol: Used in the mordant, the alcohol thins the water and helps evaporation. Gin works very well. Also, quite handy when things go wrong!

· Baize: Used for providing a polished surface on the Bole, prior to application of the leaf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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