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Gilders Casein Gesso

Made in the USA,, this range of Casein Gessos are ideal for preparing surfaces for water gilding before applying several layers of clay bole and can be used directly out of the jar at room temperature. They can be thinned with water.

Available in black or white.

100ml - £10.80
450ml - £26.80
900ml - £47.75

White
Black
Size

Classic Clay Bole

Made in the USA, our Classic Clay Boles are designed for use in water-gilding, and are available in Classic French Red and Classic French Yellow which are designed to emulate the standard Red and Yellow clay boles used by French gilders up to the late 1960s. After this date, the standard French bole changed colour and bole of a traditional hue could no longer be purchased.

Classic Clay Boles must be thinned with water to the consistency of cream, and mixed 1:1 with warm rabbit skin glue solution before use. This mixture then needs to be applied in several layers to a surface which has already been prepared with at least three layers of traditional chalk gesso ground (the Gilders Casein Gesso is perfect). Once the bole solution has dried, the surface can be polished with a soft cloth ready for the application of the gold leaf. The advantage of water gilding is the fact that the gold can be burnished to a high gloss finish after it has been glued to the soft poliment ground.


Available in Classic French Red & Classic French Yellow.

100ml - £24.15
450ml - £70.10

Standard Clay Bole

Standard Clay Boles are designed for use in water-gilding, and are available in red, yellow and black.

Standard Clay Boles must be thinned with water to the consistency of cream, and mixed 1:1 with warm rabbit skin glue solution before use. This mixture then needs to be applied in several layers to a surface which has already been prepared with at least three layers of traditional chalk gesso ground (the Gilders Casein Gesso is perfect). Once the bole solution has dried, the surface can be polished with a soft cloth ready for the application of the gold leaf. The advantage of water gilding is the fact that the gold can be burnished to a high gloss finish after it has been glued to the soft poliment ground.


Available in Red, Yellow
or Black.

100ml - £20.10
450ml - £60.50

Classic French Red
Classic French Yellow
Size
Red
Yellow
Black
Size