Imitation silver leaf is made from pure Aluminum.
Imitation Silver Leaf Booklets each contain 25 sheets of Imitation Silver Leaf. Each sheet is 5 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ (14 cm by 14 cm).
Coverage of Imitation Silver Leaf (if there is no waste or overlap of metal leaf):
-1 Booklet: 25 Sheets = 5.25 sq/ft
-4 Booklets: 100 Sheets = 21 sq/ft
-20 Booklets: 500 Sheets = 105 sq/ft
-400 Booklets: 10,000 Sheets = 2100 sq/ft
Booklets come in LOOSE leaf and TRANSFER leaf.
The leaves are placed in paper booklets, loosely inlaid in 25 compartments, one for each leaf. To cut the leaf, one may take it from the booklet with the gilding knife and place it on the gilding cushion or drop it directly from the booklet onto the gilding cushion. Then, pick up the leaf with the gilder’s tip and place it onto the prepared surface.
Transfer (Patent) Leaf:
The individual gold leaves are pressed onto a tissue paper. One uses patent gold, also called tempest gold, when gilding outdoors. The tissue paper is larger than the gold leaf, thus it may be more easily handled. It is also possible to cut the patent leaves into desired shapes/forms with scissors. The leaves are placed onto the prepared surface and carefully rubbed with cotton wool. The tissue paper may then be removed as the gold leaf will adhere to the surface/object.