by NYC Decorative Arts
by Richard Smith Studios
GILDING AND SHABIN
The application of thin sheets of metal over an adhesive that has been applied to the subject material such as wood or plaster. We apply a polished plaster before the gilding process to ensure a smooth surface free of unwanted textures. Gilding can be done in a variety of metals like gold leaf, silver leaf, and palladium or aluminum leafing, among others.
A broken leaf finish applied with various amounts of spacing over colored plaster.