Last week my student Zach Self demonstrated how to gild the edges of 220lb. business cards. I can't wait to gild everything now.
|Stack of business cards bookended with barrier paper on top and bottom.
|Fit with a tight clamp just below edge of surface to be gilded.
|Clamps fit tightly on either side and paint with adhesive sizing.
|Product placement: Liquid adhesive sizing.
|After applying sizing, press cards onto leafing material.
|Lightly burnish with finger and apply pressure to adhere leafing to stack.
|Burnishing leaf with bone folder.
|Brushing off excess leaf from edges.
|Voila! First side done.
|Nevena Stoeva tries her hand at it.
|Painting sizing on next edge.
|Zach sets timer to 3 to 5 minutes for sizing to dry. It should be tacky to touch.
|Applying glued edge onto gold leaf.
|Applying pressure with finger to adhere foil.
|Burnish lightly with bone folder.