~~Gilding is the application of thin sheets of metal (Gold, Silver or other metals) as a means of surface decoration. Gilding is commonly seen on decorative items such as picture frames, mirrors, furniture, and fine art such as illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and icons. There are several methods of applying leaf. Generally the item is sealed with a special sealing paint or clay. Size, a type of glue, is applied and the leaf is carefully laid on top. The metal is then sealed with a protective coat and antiqued if desired. A final protective coat is applied. It is a tedious process, however the results are worth the effort!