Poliment - Bole - Burnishing Clay

Poliment is a preprocessed clay. The poliment/bole and chalk layers are the direct gold leaf carrier at water-gilding.
We offer wet and dry poliment, as well as a ready-to-use polishing ground powder or Kölner KGGG system.
The poliment wet and dry must be bonded with warm glue (glue solution) before processing.

Poliment is a preprocessed clay. The poliment/bole and chalk layers are the direct gold leaf carrier at water-gilding. We offer wet and dry poliment, as well as a ready-to-use polishing ground... read more »
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Poliment - Bole - Burnishing Clay

Poliment is a preprocessed clay. The poliment/bole and chalk layers are the direct gold leaf carrier at water-gilding.
We offer wet and dry poliment, as well as a ready-to-use polishing ground powder or Kölner KGGG system.
The poliment wet and dry must be bonded with warm glue (glue solution) before processing.

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Spezialnetze Poliment Gerstendörfer Water Size
Adhesive for water gilding.
Content 250 ml (€19.04 * / 1000 ml)
€4.76 *
Piedmont red Poliment Selhamin wet
High-class burnishing clay as a paste.
Content 1 kg
€148.16 *
Burnishing Clay dry Poliment Selhamin dry
High-class burnishing clay dry in form of cones
Content 1 kg
€273.11 *
Kölner Poliment Kölner Classic Poliment
Classical Poliment wet.
Content 0.4 kg (€52.00 * / 1 kg)
From €20.80 *
Polishing Ready-To-Use Polishing Ground Powder (ready to use)
Ready to use Polishing Ground Powder. Easy and time-saving water-gilding method.
Content 150 gram (€73.00 * / 1000 gram)
From €10.95 *
Burnishing Clay Lefranc Burnishing Clay Lefranc wet
High-class french poliment.
Content 1 litre
€40.70 *
Kölner Fond B Poliment Red Kölner KGGG Fond
Combines the properties of gesso and bole in one product. 7 various colours available.
Content 100 ml (€130.90 * / 1000 ml)
From €13.09 *
Kölner Colnasol Kölner Colnasol
Water size useable with Kölner Burnishing Clay.
€7.44 *
Kölner Colnafix Kölner Colnafix
Water size useable with Kölner Burnishing Clay.
Content 100 ml (€53.90 * / 1000 ml)
From €5.39 *
Kölner Sealer 123 A Kölner Sealer 123 A
Impregnation agent; also suitable as protective coating.
Content 100 ml (€158.40 * / 1000 ml)
From €15.84 *
Kölner Sealer P Kölner Sealer P
Impregnation agent for Kölner Burnishing Clay.
Content 100 ml (€133.80 * / 1000 ml)
From €13.38 *
Sieve for bole Sieve for Bole
To filter impurities from bole.
From €0.95 *

 

What is poliment gilding?

Poliment gilding is the most traditional, but also the most demanding of all gilding techniques. Gilding got its name from the poliment, the bolus, which is a specially prepared clay that serves as a base for the gold leaf. With this gilding can only be worked on absorbent substrates, such as wood or stucco. The structure of a poliment gilding is formed by various primers, starting with the glue impregnation, to the chalk base and finally the poliment application. After that, the loose gold leaf is placed with the tip on the surface painted with a mixture of water and alcohol. After drying, the gold leaf is polished to a high gloss with an agate stone burnisher.

What is poliment gilding used for?

Poliment gilding is an interior gilding and is applied to wood or stucco. It is suitable for wood moldings, frame moldings, sculptures or sacred objects. 

What is bolus?

Bolus is a specially prepared clay. To achieve a high quality poliment gilding, you need the poliment, which is a mixture of poliment glue and bolus, as the carrier for the gold leaf. For a bright gilding with yellow gold, yellow and red poliment is used to generate a warm color tone. In the classic poliment application, yellow is painted twice and red once. 

What is gilding water?

Gilding water is a water-alcohol mixture that reactivates the binder present in the poliment, thus providing an adhesive base for the gold leaf.

When can the gold leaf be polished?

Whether the poliment gold leaf is ready for polishing depends on the room temperature as well as the air humidity, therefore there are no exact drying times that can be adhered to. Nevertheless, by carefully tapping the agate stone burnisher, the drying state can be determined. The lighter the tone appears when tapping on the gold leaf, the more polishable the gilding is.