Gilding 101


Use chopsticks to handle sheets of gold leaf as seen in these videos that shows gold leaf being packaged:

Keum-boo is an ancient Korean gilding technique used to apply thin sheets of gold to silver, to make silver-gilt. Traditionally, this technique is accomplished by first depleting the surface of sterling silver to bring up a thin layer of fine silver. Then 24 carat gold foil is applied with heat and pressure – mechanical gilding – to produce a permanent diffusion bond.

Apply size (glue) with a sponge:

Simple leaf includes paper backing that simplifies the application process and helps cut down on breackage.

Use masking tape to remove excess gold leaf and create a “demneted” effect:

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