Gilding is the process of laying an extremely thin layer of metal (copper, aluminum, silver, or gold) on a backing that has been treated with a sizing that will bind the metal leaf to the base material. The finished gilding is then coated with shellac, and then other clear coatings on top to lend more physical protection than shellac can afford the piece.

   This is an example of a gilded element on one of the woodworking pieces we've executed. The hemispheres on which the bronze balls are mounted has been gold-leafed and lacquered.