Each book of gold leaf contains 25 leaves that measure 80mm x 80mm. 1 book of gold will cover an area of 0.16m² without waste or overlap. Metal 'Imitation' leaf is measured at 140mm x 140mm. (The amount of waste can be determined by the gilder’s own level of expertise and will depend on the complexity of the surface being gilded.) The higher the gold content of a leaf the more resistant it will be to tarnishing. Gold Leaf of less than 22 carat should be protected from the atmosphere with a lacquer.
Loose leaf gold will disintegrate if touched with a finger so is usually lifted using a gilder's tip (see our brushes section)
Transfer Leaf is the same as loose leaf except that each leaf has been pressed onto a lightly waxed sheet of tissue paper which can be picked up, thus avoiding contact with the metal. The tissue is then offered up to the sized area and rubbed from behind so that the leaf transfers from the paper to the object to be gilded.In order to make transfer gold leaf the leaves are pressed onto paper for easier handling and application, ideal for flat surfaces and signwriting. For more intricate flat decoration, we can press the transfer to a higher weight on request to ensure less wastage - if you would like this service please let us know by leaving a comment at the end of your order.