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The art of gilding requires exceptional precision and a delicate touch as metal leaf is extremely thin and can easily break. Metal leaf is usually applied over materials such as wood, plaster, and glass, and it can add shine and elegance to ceilings, furniture, decorative wall panels, the exteriors of skyscrapers, and other architectural elements.

It is applied using water-based or oil-based adhesives and although some metals need a protective coating to seal them, others such as gold leaf do not and are ideal for outdoor architectural applications. Gilding can be done in a variety of karats and metals such as gold leaf, silver leaf, palladium, and aluminum leafing.

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