Gelatin Size adhesive

How to prepare gelatin size for Traditional Water gilding and Gilding on glass

Learn how to mix a perfect recipe for traditional water gilding. Preparation of gelatin size glue for gilding on genuine gesso and bole.

We offer different types of Gelatin Size.

American Gelatin Glue is used in the production of Gesso and Clay Bole.

Gelatin Diamond sheets are used for Gilding on Glass

Preparation of American Gelatin Size - For Traditional Water Gilding

Santa Fe Method - For gesso and clay production.

American Gelatin Size - For Traditional Water Gilding

Rabbit skin glue has held traditional water gilding together for centuries. The time-honored process of breaking sheets, soaking, heating, cooling, refrigerating, and reheating are the chores of the gilder. Modern times, new products and a better way is discovered. A new gelatin glue, American Gelatin Size, made from animal products, maintains the natural composition of traditional water gilding but saves time and produces a better burnish! Simple to use. Just add water, mix what you need and heat. No soaking. No making batches. No storing. Consistent and dependable, it produces the shine all gilders strive to achieve. The new gelatin glue is equal in strength to rabbit skin glue. Your personal style of gilding may cause the ratios to be adjusted and a few simple tests will lead to outstanding results.

For Gesso - dissolve 40-44 grams of gelatin in 14 ounces of water, heat and add whiting in the same ratio as when working with rabbit skin glue.

For Clay - Dissolve 28-30 grams of gelatin in 10 ounces of water, heat and mix with clay in the same ratio as when working with rabbit skin glue. Purchase and more info

Preparation of Gelatin Size - For Gilding on Glass

Gelatin Diamonds - For Glass gilding.

For Gilding on Glass - Verre Eglomise

Platinum white gelatin sheets are the alternate to 00 gelatin capsules. Each sheet is embossed with 80 diamonds. A two diamond section is equal to one 00 gelatin capsule and, when placed in one half pint of water, it will make an average strength batch of gelatin glue size. Purchase gelatin size and more info.