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Gilders Gesso Whiting

 

Gesso Whiting


Gesso is used as a base coat on objects that will be water gilded. It fills imperfections in the surface of the object, and provides a smooth and adhesive base for the clay bole and gold leaf.


When water gilding on canvas or wood, the surface is often prepared with gesso, which is made with whiting and rabbit skin glue. Once the gesso has been brushed on to the gilding surface and completely dried, it is wetted to reactivate the adhesive properties of the rabbit skin glue, which holds the gold leaf in place. After the gold has been placed, and the surface allowed to dry again, the gold can be polished to a mirror-like finish when using an agate burnisher.

 

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