There are several different ways to make up the components used in gilding and, in many instances the recipes themselves tend
to be well guarded secrets. Depending on the jobs being completed, a range of mixes may need to be of varying strengths and consistencies for different purposes and many
factors can have a bearing on the ideal strength of the mixes - such as humidity or if the surface to be gilded is flat or carved. This all comes down to personal preference.
It has been said that there are as many recipes for gilding as there are gilders, and this has a sense of truth to it, as each gilder will tweak the recipe for their own use.
What I have provided here is a basic guide for the creation of rabbit skin glue size, gesso and bole. With time and experience however, these recipes can (and should!)
be tweaked to produce products that are best suited to your own unique and individual style and needs.