Thursday, 22 March 2012

Some machine gilding

Gilding machine, or hot stamping machine

My relationship with the darling gilding machine continues. During the past two months I have come to like this so much that I seem to prefer it over hand gilding. I tend to get sporadically interested in everything - this month it's the gilding machine and all possible brands of slightly kitschy gold foil, the next month something else. Hopefully fine binding and leather tooling. The good thing in this steady rotation is that when I'm interested in something I'm getting so intense about it that I usually learn a lot. When I have learnt a thing or two I move on, but only to come back some point later in time to learn more and to practise. This is also one of the reasons why I have never been able to accommodate myself in standard routines of work and school.

Machine gilding

As I mentioned in my last post I have been busy binding newspapers and magazines. Here's a picture of some of them finished - the books are quite large and thick and I have covered them with black bookcloth. The set pictured features titles gilt with foil on separate pieces of Miradur (a type of durable PVC coated paper, easy to gild).

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