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Gilding with Falken Special Burnishing Base

"Falken" Special Burnishing Base offers the gilder a real alternative to conventional time-consuming water gilding.

"Falken" Special Burnishing Base has the following advantages:

  • No gesso build-up is necessary
  • Completely burnishable
  • Available in six base colors. Colors may be blended together.

Method of application

Stir the"Falken" Special Burnishing Base carefully. Be sure not to pour off any water standing on top! The mixture is ready to use and needs no further thinning. If it nevertheless seems that the base is too thick, it may be thinned with a little water (1 2%) . Thinned base should not be returned to the original container, but kept separately.

1st Coat:

Use a soft hair brush with rather long hair to apply the base (a gilders mop or wide hair brush), and smooth the base evenly over the surface. Let the coat dry thoroughly, during which the color will become clearly visible. It is very important to let the base dry completely in order to avoid creating damp spots. This could lead to separation of the leaf.

2nd coat:

Repeat the process for the first coat.

3rd coat

The third coat is applied in the same way as the first two. However, now special care should be taken with each brush stroke, since any visible brush stroke means additional burnishing time.

After three coats, the necessary thickness for a highly brilliant gild is usually reached. If, however, the wood shows through during sanding, or the layers are almost worn away by it, additional coats must be put down. The object to be gilded should not show through the base coats. The brilliance of the gild is a result of the thickness of the base, so be sure it is not too thin.

Once the last coat is quite dry, it is time to begin sanding. For this, use either very fine sandpaper or 000 steel wool. Afterwards, polish with a horse-hair cloth, to bring out a shine.

Now the actual gilding can begin. For this you need the special solvent. The gold is prepared on the gilders cushion and cut to the desired size with the gilders knife. It is then picked up with the gilders tip. Only now is the solvent applied, and only to an area the size of the gold on the tip. Lay the gold on the wet solvent, "floating" it. If the solvent has already been absorbed and is no longer on the surface, the gold cannot be laid. Once the whole surface to be gilded is covered, you can carefully start polishing with the agate burnisher. But watch outshould the gold move or be torn by contact with the burnisher, you need to wait longer before burnishing. Burnishing is a matter of waiting for the right time. The surface should be dry, but the base still soft, since burnishing thickens it and brings out the brilliance. If the base is too dried out, burnishing will produce only poor results.

Please note:

Product-information and advice are given to the best of our knowledge and on the basis of our experience and testing. Such information, however, is not binding and excludes any liability on our part, regardless of whether the information was given verbally or in writing. Such information and advice are to be considered suggestions, which do not release the customer from the necessity of performing his own tests, in order to assure the suitability of the products to particular conditions. We also exclude any liability for damages which may arise from improper or negligent use of our items. The observance and carrying out of safety precautions and applicable legal regulations is the exclusive responsibility of the customer.