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Size & Base

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Burnishers Leaf & Shell Gold Leaf, Imitation & Non-precious

S892. Instacoll Gold Size
S892. Instacoll (was item S479) Yellow color.

Available sizes:
1oz. or 3oz. wide-mouth jars
2oz. Nalgene dropper bottle
Bulk 1 liter bottle

Reggie Ezell, Harvest Crittenden, and Sheila Waters use this synthetic size for raised, mirror-finish gilding with gold leaf. They and many others have found it easier to use than traditional gesso made from slaked plaster. Yellow color allows you to see what you have applied.

Caution: Freezing adversely affects Instacoll. Those in the North or west of the Rockies should order during the warmer months.

Click here for printed instructions on how to use this product.

Click here for Harvest Crittenden's video instructions on gilding with instacoll and a complete list of supplies in the video.

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S983. Kolner Miniatum Ink
S983. Kolner Miniatum Ink

This thinner version of Minatum of is a favorite of Rosemary Buczek. Write with a broad-edged or pointed nib with Miniatum Ink, then apply gold leaf. Dries flexible, making it ideal for work on vellum and paper.

1/2oz in plastic jar
1oz in glass jar
50ml in plastic jar

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S898. Jerry Tresser’s Liquid Gesso
S898. Jerry Tresser's Liquid Gesso. 8 grams.

Use this prepared gesso for manuscript illumination. His special slaked plaster recipe, based on Cennini's centuries-old formula and adjusted to work with Titanium Oxide, is now available in easy-to-use liquid form! (Jerry has used this gesso for his personal work for over 30 years.) It is tinted pink using gilder's bole, the traditional pigment. The gesso comes ready to use with brush or ruling pen. An easy adjustment is made for use with pointed or broad-edged pen or quill - directions are included (never dilute with water). Stir before using to remix the ingredients. It applies smoothly with no air bubbles or pinholes (never shake to remix!). Stored tightly sealed in its liquid form in your refrigerator; it will keep for years. Does not contain White Lead, but instead uses non-poisonous Titanium dioxide for the white pigment.

Information for using Jerry Tresser's Gesso (PDF)

Click here for instructional videos using Jerry Tresser's Liquid Gesso.

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S760. Kölner Miniatum (50ml)
Kölner Miniatum (50ml).

Formulated for gilding on paper and other flexible surfaces.Will give full gloss finish. Ideal for gilding manuscripts. Instructions are included with each bottle.

50ml bottle.

Choose Clear or Yellow.
Most prefer yellow.

(this used to be item S596)

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S928. Water Gold Size / Roberson
S928. Roberson Water Gold Size.

A traditional size for illumination. Made with natural gums. Paint over the area to be gilded with a brush. Allow to dry, which may take 10 to 20 minutes. While it is still tacky, apply the gold. If the gold size dries out too much, its stickiness can be reactivated by breathing directly over the applied size. Yellow color. Recommended by Georgia Angelopoulos, and a big hit with her class at Legacies.
15ml (1/2 oz)
60ml (2 oz)

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S929. Ormoline Gilding Medium
S929. Ormoline Gilding Medium. An acrylic size fluid enough to use with a pen. For gilding onto paper or parchment. Pink color. Highly recommended by Georgia Angelopoulos for flat gilding. 30ml

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S473. Tresser's gold size (pink stuff)
Tresser Gold Size. 2oz

Use this pink liquid for flat gilding on paper or most any surface. Highly recommended for its ease of use. Works best with real gold leaf.

Store at room temperature. According to the manufacturer it has a shelf life of 10 years.

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I87. Gum Ammoniac LIQUID
Gum Ammoniac Prepared Liquid

Skip the soaking and straining normally involved with using Gum Ammoniac! This liquid is ready to use for flat gilding straight out of the bottle. 30 ml glass bottle. (1oz)

Helpful hints for using gum ammoniac from Jerry Tresser:

Preparing & Using Gum Ammoniac

Find more useful tips on our Product Help page.

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I86. Gum Ammoniac Crystals, 1 oz.
Gum Ammoniac. 1oz. jar.

Soak these crystals in water and strain to produce a base for laying gold.

Helpful hints for using gum ammoniac from Jerry Tresser:
Preparing & Using Gum Ammoniac

Find more useful tips on our Product Help page.

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I146. Tresser's Liquid Gum Ammoniac
I146. Tresser's Liquid Gum Ammoniac. 1oz.

This traditional size for flat gilding is in liquid form and ready to use. It retains its tack for several hours and does not need breath to activate it. The liquid is naturally brownish, but you can change the color with a bit of paint or ink. Made in the USA from imported solid gum ammoniac. 1oz. plastic jar.

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