Barbara Brear here from South Africa. I have a multiple question. I do realise that the subject I am asking about is an art form that takes a life time to perfect, but a gal has got to start somewhere! and any answers would be appreciated.
I have managed to source engraving tools (if that is the right term) for my miniature leather books. I got them from P and S Engraving in England and they are wonderful. It is just so heartwarming to know that such craftsmanship is still available. Now I have the tools. I have the leather book covers made. I have shellac, I have egg white, I have (forgotten the word - white and sticky). I have gold leaf. Where do I start?
Do I make a blind impression first before applying gold leaf? If so how do you ensure that for the second wallop it is lined up exactly?
What keeps the gold leaf in place? I know not to touch it with my fingers and to pick it up with a brush.
I also have the letters and the quads and spacers and the type holder. What are the quads for and what are the spacers for? You can see how much I know!
I am going to contact my original bookbinding teacher who is a master craftsman and ask him for some lessons but that can only be in 3 weeks and in the meantime I want to play!
Thank you for your time.
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