This is a scrap of molding that I gessoed, boled, gilded and incised, as a test before gilding the actual frame. If you look closely at the severed edge, you can see the blue bole. We decided to use blue at the corners, and grey overall. You can see how the different colors of bole tone the white gold differently. If you notice the extra shine in the little petals, it is because those areas are \"burnished.\" Burnishing is achieved by rubbing at the freshly laid gold with an extremely smooth agate stone. This smooths out both the gold, and the clay bole underneath it, and achieves a brilliance that is the hallmark of watergilding. The lines you see are called \"incising\" and are achieved by drawing on the soft surface of the fresh gold with a hard stylus.
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