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Re: aging imitation gold leaf

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (ct-waterbury1b-56.wtrbct.adelphia.net)
Date: 3/29/5 18:04

In Response To: aging imitation gold leaf (J Mitchell)

Aging gold leaf repairs is an exacting process and it's very hard to advise anyone how to proceed without seeing the area you need to match. As a rule Gold's never match, and it can be very difficult to blend a bad match of different colored gold's.....both the products you mentioned can be components, although I would normally direct you towards commercially available glazes designed for antiquing Gilding first..typically asphaltum is used for it's coloring properties, but in it's pure form can be tricky (and sticky)to work with...you have to make your decisions based on the condition of the original...what the level of distressing, age, dirt, patina....tonal color range,etc.is....advising you to smear some of this on and dust with that, will not be helpful, unfortunately.....and can make a mess of the piece..if you are trying to match variagated metal leaf(faux gold) to real gilding...it is not an easy process...and may require you to treat the whole piece to make it really match...wish I could be more help...perhaps a picture or 3 would be usefull? But this is not something that will be easy to accomplish without some level of experience and certain skills....

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