Copper leaf is a metal leaf made from pure copper leaf that has been hammered into incredibly fine sheets for use in gilding. This metal leaf is manufactured in Italy to the highest standards.
This product is supplied as transfer (or patent) leaf in booklets of 25 leaves. Each leaf in the book has been pressed firmly to specially treated tissue paper that is then separated by sheets of rouge paper. The leaf will stay adhered to it's backing paper when removed from the book making it suitable for gilding onto flat surfaces or any other situation where loose leaf would be unmanageable or at risk of blowing away.
To apply, the leaf it is pressed face down onto the a surface that has been 'sized' with the appropriate sizing medium, before rubbing over the back of the tissue to release the leaf onto the surface and then peeling away the backing paper to leave the leaf on the surface.
Transfer leaf is best suited for gilding flat areas on furniture, walls and ceilings. If you are looking to use Copper leaf on intricate carvings or moulds, then the Loose Leaf is recommended.
Copper Leaf will tarnish over time and will need to be protected by a clear varnish or lacquer.