The French Chalk is used in gilding to prepare the basecoat of the surface to be decorated with gold leaf; among various basecoats, French Chalk has been used in particular for icons’ basecoat. With little more softness to the touch than Bologna Chalk due to its finer grain, it is also useful in the preparation of fillers to be used on various occasions and in general in the realization of high quality decorations.
Code CDO6563 - 6 x 1Kg.
Code CDO6566 - 1 x 25Kg.
Prepare the Rabbit Skin Glue, following the procedure described in the data sheet. After applying the basecoat “colletta” (primer), dissolve in a water bath in the small pot for gilders 350 gr French Chalk in half liter of “colletta”.
Pass the mixture still hot on the wood (ammanitura). However, check if the viscosity of the mixture is adequate. This procedure will be repeated for the various coats that will be applied (it can take up to 5 or 6), always with hot mixture. After each coat has dried, we will pass on the chalk surface with coarse sandpaper (120-180).
Once obtained a satisfactory base, the surface will be trimmed and polished on the edges and on the notches by using the scraping tools, of appropriate shape, trimming chalk in excess, in order to revitalize the edges and the decorations.
Then sand gradually with a finer sandpaper (350-600) to remove any remaining imperfections.