How do you calculate the gold leaf requirement correctly?
In the case of larger projects and gilding jobs, correctly calculating the precise leaf gold requirement is a difficult balancing act. Either you calculate the gold leaf requirement generously and end up with leftover material, or you run short on gold leaf and get held up in the middle of the project. As a rule, it is therefore worth adopting a very structured approach and answering a few questions before beginning the project.
So what is the gold leaf requirement?
The surface area determines how much gold leaf is required
- Smooth surfaces 180 sheets / 1 m ², 80 x 80 mm sheet format
- Textured surfaces 250 – 300 sheets / 1 m ²
- Very textured surfaces 300 – 700 sheets / 1 m ²
With which gold leaf would / can you work?
As a rule, from a certain project size everything must be scrutinised. The most important question should be this: how can work time, materials and staffing costs be cut down? Most gilders are used to working with a standard 80 x 80 mm gold leaf format. Alternatively, we can produce larger gold leaf formats of up to 120 x 120 mm for you.
- Rectangular gold leaf formats, such as 70 x 90 mm, can be custom made to suit your surfaces. Cutting gold leaf on a gilder’s pad or as gold transfer results in wasted time and staffing costs. With a rectangular gold leaf format, you can save time gilding and reduce material losses.
- Gold leaf roll can provide an enormous time-saving when gilding round rods, hollow profiles and also smooth surfaces. Gold roll is available in widths ranging from 10 mm to 100 mm. The roll length is 21 metres.
- Gold leaf flakes are a huge help when working with ornamented surfaces. Before the surface is brushed and polished, additional flakes are scattered here and there. This ensures there is sufficient leaf gold on the surface, and there will be no flaws in terms of the depth of the gilded surface. Leaf gold flakes can be produced in any desired colour tone, as required.
- We can produce gold powder for you in almost all Eytzinger gold leaf colours. Gold powder is an alternative in case of partial touch ups, fine lines and larger surfaces. Gold powder can be applied both to poliment and amalgamated surfaces.
Gold powder can be mixed into a lacquer or adhesive solution. With this technology, the particle structure of gold powder is visible and the consumption of gold powder is considerably higher.