Clay Bole Gilding

Clay Bole Gilding

Clay Bole Gilding

Clay Bole Gilding is Used in Framing Pictures, Furniture and Architectural Decorative Trim is consider to be Surface Gilding. Water Gilding with Bole produces a Satin Glow and Burnishing Gild with Stone smooth Agates produces a shiny Chrome like Shine to the surface Gild.


Fine pigmented Bole Clay mixed with Heated Water and ground Rabbit Skin Hide Glue make your basic base and once brushed on, just requires wetting after sanding smooth to apply Gold leaf. Bole is like Gesso. More modern Gilding Boles have Ground Shellac to help attach to woods better, these Boles require a Gilders Liquor made of Water and Methanol Alcohol to wet the Rabbit Skin Glue with water and to soften the Shellac with the Alcohol.

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