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The restoration of works of art is not only reduced to intervention on the object, it also includes conservation, that is, actions aimed at delaying the deterioration of the material that makes it up.
The art of covering objects made of wood or other material with a very thin sheet of gold is very old, it was discovered in China more than 3000 years ago. The Greeks and Romans also decorated their temples and mansions with gold.
The application of fine gold (22 carats and a thickness of 1/9000 mm) is very delicate, it is a procedure that requires very careful and meticulous preparation by the gilder. Fine gold foil cannot be touched with your fingers, or even breathed directly on it.
Currently there is a kind of decal for non-professionals of gold transfer, each gold leaf rests on a fine silk sheet.
There is also fake or imitation gold (copper-zinc alloy), fake silver, and aluminum. At first they have the same appearance as the authentic one, but over time the authentic one does not change its color, and the imitation one ends up rusty.
For the water-based gilding system, the surface must be prepared with plaster mixed with rabbit glue, giving two or three coats with water-based sandpaper. Once the surface is smooth, apply the browning bowl, better two thin layers than one thick one. With the help of a pad and with the gilder's knife we will cut the gold to the appropriate size, we will wet the surface with water with a flat brush, called a polonaise, which we will pass several times over the cheek so that it picks up static electricity. We will take the gold or silver leaf, we will put it on the wet bowl, and if necessary with a very fine brush we will help to extend the leaf. After a few hours, it is burnished with an agatha stone to give it more shine. It is then varnished with zapon lacquer for metals or shellac.
Mordant gilding is an easier system and can be applied to non-rigid surfaces such as paper or fabric. First we must waterproof the surface, you can apply a gesture, then the Mixtion fat glue. When the glue is almost dry, it is time to apply the sheet, with the help of the polonaise and a fine brush. After a while we will be able to varnish it.


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