Very thin leaves made up of pure metals. Ideal to confer special metalized effects upon every kind of surface. It's most often used in traditional gilding technique.
Code CDO66A01 25 leaves lib. 9,5 x 9,5cm
Code CDO66AT01 25 leaves decals 9,5 x 9,5cm
The genuine silver leaf needs four kinds of special tools to be applied:
1) Leather cushion, to set the whole silver leaf;
2) Gilding knife, to cut small squares of leaf, avoiding any waste;
3) Squirrel’s tip, that can catch the leaf by electrostatic charging;
4) Agate stones, that one day after the application are needed to burnish the leaf.
To get a very smooth base surface, gilders traditionally used natural glues mixed with chalk. 7- 8 layers of this mixture, with increasing quantities of chalk from the first towards the eighth, were spread over the surface.
Each layer needs about 24hrs to dry-up.
At the top, the last coat is bole (yellow, red or black), a particular clay that is naturally sticky when dry. The color of bole is necessary to enhance the shining of the silver leaf: black for standard silver decoration, yellow or red for patina-finished silver.