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Genuine Gold Leaf Gilding

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  • Below are various examples of gilding with 23 karat gold leaf. All work done by Derek McDonald of Golden West Sign Arts. 
  • 23 karat gold leaf with genuine abalone shell inlay on glass. 
  • This technique is called "glue chipping" and was popular at the turn of the century. It is a complex process that produced a "golden nugget" effect on glass. The chipped glass is gilded with 23 karat gold leaf.
  • This piece shows a mirrored gold leaf outline with matte gold leaf center and painted black shadow.