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Gold leaf

Sunday, 14 September 2008

gold leafModern person is hard to take by surprise: Bold designer solutions, shocking imagination tendencies in fashion, mad fantasies of modern art trendsetters... We have become accustomed to it all and take each new event in the world of design as a part of natural process. However, among those splashes of creativity pictured on glossy covers and liquid-crystal screens, one can reveal numerous examples of ideas inspired by the past.

They are graphic elements of folk ornaments, communist epoch symbols, shapes and colors popular long time ago... But each of these ideas only can be brought into life if propper materials are available. Long forgotten ancient technologies can successfully compete with modern ones. Gold leaf is a material which has been priceless to designers of all times and epochs.

It is difficult to say who and when got the idea of fine gold fabric, mesmerizing by its luster and beauty. It is only known that gold leaf became extremely popular in the XV century. At that time it was used for decoration of tsar's palaces and church domes, and it added elegant luxury to interior design. Gold leaf holds its place in the creation of decor masterpieces. By that time gold had become the standard of elegance and style, the sign of good taste and prosperity. The noble radiance of gold leaf has acquired extraordinary popularity today. The areas of gold leaf application are only limited by designers' fantasy. Traditionally, finest sheets of gold are widely used in architecture. Domes, sculptures and architectural details get covered with them. Gold leaf can decorate furniture, different objects of interior, and dishes. Gilding gives a second life to an old obsolete wooden chair and a grandmother's favorite box. A photoframe or a shabby leather-bound book can be covered with a sparkling gold layer too. One of the latest achievements of gold leaf technique is putting different images directly onto the finest surface of precious fabric. A picture like that can become an elegant addition to the interior, or a pretty valuable gift.

Technology of the gold leaf production has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. It is a long, by no means simple work - to beat a massive bar of gold into a weightless gold cobweb. The thickness of gold sheets can vary. For external objects thicker sheets are used while gilding of furniture, picture frames, wooden elegant boxes take thinner gold leaf. The size of gold sheets is always the same. They are sandwiched between sheets of paper to protect them and packed into books. Then gold leaf is handed to designers and decorators. Gilding is a complex, labor-consuming process. First, the surface intended for gilding is thoroughly sand-papered. Then, special glue of animal origin is applied on the perfectly smooth surface. And only after that gold leaf is applied. Special tools, like a gilder's brush, are used to rub the surface until gold layer becomes completely streak free. The luster of objects, gilded in such manner, remains for decades in propper care, delighting with its splendid beauty. But not only furniture and small interior objects can be decorated with gold leaf. The present tendencies in fashion encourage gilding of all kinds of surfaces. Designers refine their collections, decorating clothing with gold leaf. Make-up designers frequently use this precious metal for make-up. Body artists also get involved applying the finest sheets of genuine gold to their works. And a lot of manicure professionals create their masterpieces with this exquisite material, which can hardly lose its appeal. More and more masters of art discover unique features of gold leaf and add some noble light splashes to their creations.

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