Palladium is part of the platinum group metals and as such is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal. Yet, it is not as rare as platinum. It has many of the same properties and will not tarnish, making it a cost effective alternative.
Loose genuine palladium leaf sits loosely between thin rouged paper sheets in the booklet. It has to be handled using a gilders tip (brush) and is used to gild onto moulded,carved and embellished areas. Also used for watergilding and glass gilding.
Transfer palladium leaf is the same genuine leaf but pressed onto a backing sheet of acid free tissue paper. It is generally used for gilding onto flatter surfaces, for signwork, walls & ceilings and exterior gilding.