How do I remove goldleaf from paper
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01 Aug 2002 09:57 PDT
Expires: 31 Aug 2002 09:57 PDT
Question ID: 48072
How do I remove goldleaf from paper without damaging the print underneath it
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Re: How do I remove goldleaf from paper
From: journalist-ga on 09 Aug 2002 12:49 PDT
Greetings! After searching a variety of key phrases ("removing gold leaf" "gold leaf removal") I found one reference to "toning" in a gilding glossary but it referenced "gilded surfaces" and did not address gold leaf on paper in particular: "Toning: The application of pigment and/or other materials to a gilded surface. Toning can also include the removal of gold from a gilded surface. It literally means toning down the brilliance of a gilded surface. Toning is usually employed to replicate age. Toning is also employed as a final step in the restoration of gilding to replicate the original patination of the object." "gold leaf removal from paper" Google search ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=gold+leaf+removal+from+paper&spell=1 Gilding Glossary (Baggot Leaf Gilding Glossary) http://antiquerestorers.com/Articles/GOLD/GLOSSARY2.html I then searched "gold leaf remove" and found the reference "Remove excess leaf with a soft brush" but that was before the complete process of leafing was done. On a search for "gold leaf extraction" there was the reference "Gold dissolves in very few solvents, among them aqua regia and the various solutions of cyanide that are used in ore extraction. When gold does dissolve, it is generally by forming complexes." I would speak with an antiques restoration professional if I were you to inquire if the removal of gold leaf from paper can, indeed, be done. I hope this information helps your quest.
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