Aurum composition leaf is our brand of high-quality leaf manufactured specifically in the colors and weights that are standard in the industry. Different varieties of leaf, including diferent colors and metals, are packaged in boxes of 20 books each. This leaf is produced using the latest technology and respected traditions of the gold beating craft.
Aurum composition leaf is imitation gold leaf made from brass, a combination of 88% copper and 12% zinc. The high copper content of No. 2 gives it a deep red gold tone.
The copper alloy in metal leaf will tarnish, therefore all metal leaf must be sealed to prevent tarnishing, except aluminum leaf. It is best to wear gloves when handling metal leaf to avoid leaving finger prints and other residues that may cause the leaf to discolor under the sealer.
A book of loose composition leaf is assembled by placing each unit of composition leaf between sheets of thin rouged paper. The gilder can then remove one leaf at a time without disturbing the remaining leaves. It is removed from the book with a gilder's tip, a flat natural hair brush, or tongs.
Our composition leaf is made in the standard European size of 140 x 140 mm (5.5 x 5.5 inches) and is available in units called "books," each book containing 25 leaves. For volume discounts order one or more boxes of composition leaf; each box contains 20 books or 500 leaves and covers 105 sq. ft. without waste or overlap. The percentage of waste is based on the complexity of the object and the gilder's expertise in laying leaf. If the surface is very ornate with deep crevices it will take more leaf than the same size area of a flat surface.
Natural Pigments is a limited liability company based in Willits, California. We manufacture and distribute rare and hard-to-find materials for fine artists and decorators. We specialize in supplying artists' materials that were used in historical painting since pre-historic times up to and including the nineteenth century.
We constantly search for materials and products of the finest quality so that we can bring them direct to you from the source. To do so, we travel the world to find materials specifically for use by professional artists and decorators. We obtain minerals from mines in Afghanistan, Chile, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, to name a few places, processing these into natural pigments. We purchase resins, gums and plants from India, Kenya and Malaysia to make natural varnishes and painting mediums.
Our mission is to provide the largest variety of natural pigments, paints and other professional artists' supplies, enabling us to bring you a selection that makes shopping for rare and hard-to-find art materials easy. Our objective is to promote the education and use of these materials among artists by providing detailed information for their employment in encaustic, fresco, oil, watercolor and tempera painting.
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This product is shipped from our warehouse in Gretna, NE, USA.
This product is brand new and includes the manufacturer's warranty, so you can buy with confidence.
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