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Variegated leaf is a metal leaf that has been heat-treated, chemically-treated or both to develop dazzling patinas and unique discolorations. This metal leaf is manufactured in Italy to the highest standards.
This product is supplied as transfer (or patent) leaf in booklets of 25; each leaf in the book has been pressed firmly to specially treated tissue paper that is separated by sheets of rouge paper. The leaf will stay adhered to it's backing paper when removed from the book making it suitable for outdoor work or any other situation where loose leaf would be unmanageable or at risk of blowing away. To apply the leaf it is pressed to the sized surface face down before peeling away the backing paper to leave the leaf on the surface. Transfer leaf is best suited for gilding flat areas.
Variegated leaf will tarnish over time and requires sealing to protect it, especially if the leaf is to be used outdoors or if the gilding is to be touched or handled regularly. We supply a number of lacquers and varnish that are suited for protecting metal leaf; in particular we recommend using Kölner Leaf Protect to prevent the leaf from tarnishing, followed by a further coat of hard-wearing varnish to protect from wear. Please note that some of the colours of variegated leaf may alter in appearance when sealed, please test the leaf and any sealers before using it in any project.
Size: 140 mm x 140 mm (you will need just over two booklets per flat square meter, not allowing for wastage or any overlaps)
Each booklet contains 25 leaves