Glues for leaf, called sizes, are essential products for successful gilding.DETAILS
In addition to a wide range of genuine and imitation leaves, Giusto Manetti Battiloro also offers an assortment of accessories for use in the various phases of the gilding process. Different leaf application techniques (water gilding or oil gilding) and applications (interior or exterior environments), require specific gilding materials, such as glues, boles and synthetic varnishes, for the preparation of the base, finishing and protection. Our experts will help you find the best solutions for your gilding needs.
Available in multiple types and shades, bole enhances the colour of gold to achieve the desired finish.DETAILS
Made with natural resins, shellac is available in both flakes and ready-to-use liquid.DETAILS
Complementary items for gilding: rabbit skin glue, bitumen and synthetic protection.DETAILS
We offer gilding materials for oil and water gilding. In the first case, the application of gold, silver, platinum, palladium or imitation leaf using an adhesive oil size is simple, fast and ideal for flat and smooth surfaces in wood, glass and metal. We offer different types of adhesives, depending on the material to be gilded and the intended use, which could be indoors or outdoors.
In the second case, the water gilding technique is much more complicated and requires a more elaborate preparation process. It is an ancient and artisanal craft that is also used for touch-ups or detailing on wood and plaster with genuine gold and silver leaf and, in rarer cases, with imitation leaf. Manetti products for water gilding include rabbit skin glue in flakes, for the preparation of a size or clay bole to coat the gesso base on which the leaf is attached. Our catalog also offers a choice of three finishing products: Bitumen to give the gilding an aged effect, a glossy synthetic varnish to protect the gilding, and shellac to seal porous surfaces or to use as a final protective coat for genuine gold. We have preserved and passed on the craft of beating precious metals into leaf since 1600 and today, we distribute our Manetti products and accessories for gold or silver gilding worldwide. Upon request, we can connect our customers with top-rated international gilding professionals. We would be pleased to prepare a quote and advise you on the most suitable products and application techniques.