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Postby KARL DONNELLY on Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:04 am

Hi all,

I have been attempting to edge gild with gold leaf for almost three years with no success.
When I wrap the book block to release the pages I also release the gold - onto the floor!
I have tried various types of glaire and BS and diluted PVA.

I have recently replaced my edge decoration with colour and gild-gauffering with moderate success but I would still like to produce a gold edge.
Now, I have been told about a roller for edge gilding at £300- pricey as I am a hobbyist and retired.

Does anyone have any experience with this process. Would you recommend it ?

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Postby Charles H on Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:05 pm

I rarely visit this forum so I don't know if you're posting received any answers.

In my humble opinion, you should not be using glaire edge gilding. You are far better off using a starch size. Old fashioned laundry starch without any added silicon is best, dissolve a level teaspoon of it in half a pint of water, bring to the boil and remove from heat immediately. When cooled you will have a great adhesive for edge gilding.
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