Boles & Clays

Boles & Clays


We supply many different high quality brands of Boles and Clays including Selhamin, Le Franc, Liberon etc. The most popular colours used are the Red, Yellow and white however many other colours are also available. Boles and Clays are a natural product and applied to a prepared surface, usually gesso or chalk ground, as a coating prior to gilding and glows beneath the transparent metal leaf, significantly contributing to the appearance of the finished object especially when the leaf has been burnished. The Selhamin Bole is available in 1 kilo pots and is available in Pink, Green, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Black and Grey. Selhamin Bole does not contain any binder therefore needs to be mixed with Rabbit Skin Glue before use. The Le Franc Gilding Clay is available in 125g and 1 kilo pots in Red, Yellow and Black, this also does not contain any binder and will need to be mixed with Rabbit Skin Glue prior to use. The Classic Bole comes in 125g, 500g and 1 kilo pots and has the most extensive range of colours including Red Ochre, Naples Yellow, Mineral Brown, Verona Green, Caput Mortuum, White, Black and Grey. The Classic Bole is ready mixed with Rabbit Skin Glue and so no adding of a binder is required. The Liberon ready mixed gesso is available in Red and White in 150ml bottles. Liberon Gesso is a traditional gesso that can be used as a surface coating prior to gilding but also as a glue to join broken pieces of old gesso or plaster and then fill any missing parts.
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