Gelatin Size, buy high grade gelatin sheet stamped with diamond pattern to break apart easily. add 4-5 diamond to1 pint or 16 ounces of warm water no hotter than 150 degrees. One Gelatin diamond dissolve, stir well and the water size is ready to use. clean your surface well and then apply water size to the area to be gilded, if you notice the water size separating or parting like a curtain, this can indicate surface dirt or grease still present, if so clean surface again and wet with water size again. If there's no contamination, you may begin applying gold leaf via a gilders tip. Dry times vary due to temperature and or humidity, Gelatin water size should dry in 30 minutes to a hour, if it doesn't, warm the room to assist drying. while drying, the gold will go from a wet blush and transform into a mirror finish. when dry carefully dust of any wrinkles and dust with a dusting mop to revile where any gold leaf didn't attach, simply repeat the process to touch up only areas missing gold, repeating until you get the results you want. now you may use rolled surgical cotton to polish out to a high mirror sheen. This is the replacement for Gelatin Capsules, and of a higher grade and the purest, which results in fewer snail trails which is concentrated viens of gelatin where the size dried last.
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