Word of the Week: Gilding

Gilding is the process of applying gold (either in leaf or powder form) to another surface (like wood or ceramics). The object can either be completely covered, or just used to highlight certain accents.

I’ve seen some “gilded” items that were simply covered in gold paint. While I don’t necessarily find this wrong in anyway, the term IS supposed to be applied to objects covered in real gold.

For example:

This technique is also quite popular on picture frames. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen gilded?

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