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Genuine Gold Leaf

Carat Weights of Gold Leaf:

Genuine Gold Leaf is useful for all multi-purpose gilding and is available in various carat weights: 24K, 23.75K, 23K Red Gold, 23K, 22K, 21K Moon Gold, 18K, 12K.

Thicknesses of Gold Leaf:

Genuine Gold Leaf is available in several thicknesses (130 grams, 160 grams, 180 grams, each per 10,000 leaves) and is produced by several manufacturers in various forms.

Forms of Gold Leaf:

  • Loose Leaf (AKA Surface Leaf)

  • Genuine Gold Leaf in "Loose Leaf" form is 3-3/8 inches x 3-3/8 inches square (85mm) and is sold in Packs containing 500 Gold Leaves. A Pack is divided into 20 booklets each containing 25 Gold Leaves interspersed between pieces of thin rouged paper.

    Gold Leaf Coverage Chart

    • 1 Sheet: 3-1/8" x 3-1/8" (7.94 cm x 7.94 cm)
    • 1 Booklet (25 sheets): 1 5/6 square feet (0.56 square meters)
    • 1 Pack (500 Sheets): 31 square feet (9.45 square meters)

    APPLICATION & USAGE -- A Gilder's Tip (a flat natural-hair brush) can be used to individually transfer each Gold Leaf onto a properly prepared surface. The Gold Leaf is then rubbed with cotton wool and various techniques and finishes may be applied; our Technical Help, Videos, DIY, and Classes offer further information and guidance.

  • Patent Leaf (AKA Transfer Leaf)

  • Gold Leaf in "Patent Leaf" form -- also called "Transfer Leaf" or "Tempest Gold" -- is often used for outdoor gilding. Individual Gold Leaves are each specially pressed onto a rouged tissue paper that is slightly larger than the Gold Leaf to ease handling and application. This form of Gold Leaf is used outdoors or where conditions would make Gold Leaf in Loose Leaf form unmanageable.

  • APPLICATION -- The gilder can readily remove one leaf at a time independently of the remaining leaves; Patent Gold Leaf may be removed from the book without the aid of a Gilder's Tip. The Gold Leaves will remain on each tissue until pressed onto the prepared surface and the tissue backing removed.
  • USAGE -- Patent Gold Leaf may be cut with scissors or sharp razor into desired shapes/forms. Exterior gilding is often accomplished with purer carats, 23.75K up to 24K Gold or Silver Leaf. Gold Leaf in Patent Leaf form is not suitable for water gilding and is best suited for flat surfaces.
  • STORAGE -- Gold Leaf in Patent Leaf form is sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity and needs to be stored properly: Patent Leaf is best stored in a damp environment of about 80% humidity wrapped in plastic wrap.
  • Ribbon Leaf, in Rolls

  • Gold Leaf packaged in roll form is referred to as "Ribbon Leaf". 4-1/8 square leaves of gold are placed onto a continuous length of lightweight paper with slight (2mm) overlaps. Ribbon Leaf is not Patent Leaf. Unlike Patent Leaf which is pressed onto tissue paper, Ribbon Leaf is adhered to the paper with fine wax during the rolling process.

  • APPLICATION & USAGE -- Ribbon Leaf is intended for use with oil or a synthetic size on flat surfaces. The paper backing prevents Ribbon Leaf from reaching into ornate crevices or recesses.
  • STORAGE -- Ribbon Leaf is sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity and needs to be stored properly: at normal room temperature and humidity. Ribbon Leaf may become loose in the paper if stored in too dry and warm an environment. Ribbon Leaf stored in too hot and humid environment may adhere too tightly to the paper. To control humidity fluctuation during extended storage, wrap the roll in plastic wrap or use a sealable plastic bag.
  • Edible Gold

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  • Flakes, Schabin

  • Powder / Shell

Composition Gold Leaf

Carat Weights of Gold Leaf:

Genuine Gold Leaf is useful for all multi-purpose gilding and is available in various carat weights: 24K, 23.75K, 23K Red Gold, 23K, 22K, 21K Moon Gold, 18K, 12K.

Thicknesses of Gold Leaf:

Genuine Gold Leaf is available in several thicknesses (130 grams, 160 grams, 180 grams, each per 10,000 leaves) and is produced by several manufacturers in various forms.

Gold Leaf Color Charts

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Leaf Coverage (approximate) Chart:


Material

Size

Quantity

Coverage

Gold Leaf - Pack3-3/8 inch x 3-3/8 inch
(85 mm x 85 mm)
500 Leaves39.5 sq. ft. (3.66 m^2)
Gold Leaf - Book3-3/8 inch x 3-3/8 inch
(85 mm x 85 mm)
25 Leaves 1.98 sq. ft. (0.17 m^2)
Metal Leaf - Pack5-1/2 inch x 5-1/2 inch
(139 mm x 139 mm)
500 Leaves 105 sq. ft. (9.75 m^2)
Metal Leaf - Book5-1/2 inch x 5-1/2 inch
(139 mm x 139 mm)
25 Leaves5.25 sq. ft. (0.48 m^2)
Japanese Leaf4-5/16 inch x 4-5/16 inch
(109 mm x 109 mm)
500 Leaves64.6 sq. ft. (6 m^2)
Manetti - Italian Gold Roll4-1/8 inch x 67 ft.
(104 mm x 20.4 m)
Master Roll22.25 sq. ft. (2.06 m^2)
Manetti - Italian Palladium Roll3 inch x 67 ft.
(76 mm x 20.4 m)
Master Roll18.8 sq. ft. (1.74 m^2)
Crocodile - German Gold Roll4-1/8 inch x 69 ft.
(104 mm x 21 m)
Master Roll23.5 sq. ft. (2.18 m^2)
Italian Silver Master Roll5-1/2 inch x 82 ft.
(139 mm x 24.9 m^2)
Master Roll37.5 sq. ft. (3.48 m^2)
Metal Leaf Roll - 50 meter6-1/4 inch x 164 ft.
(158 mm x 49.9 m^2)
Master Roll82 sq. ft. (7.61 m^2)
Metal Leaf Roll - 75 meter6-1/4 inch x 246 ft.
(158 mm x 75 m)
Master Roll123 sq. ft. (11.4 m^2)
Schlagmetal Leaf - Box6-1/4 inch x 6-1/4 inch.
(158 mm x 158 mm)
10,000 Leaves2,720 sq. ft. (252.69 m^2)

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