As I periodically offer practical courses on how to make 24 carat “shell gold” pigment, I feel it might be useful to cover some of the applications of this marvellous pigment. The next shell gold workshops will take place on March 20th – 21st and 17th – 18th April – please follow this link for more details.
Shell gold can be purchased from specialist suppliers and shops, but it is really not ground fine enough to enable you to understand and exploit its full capabilities. In my workshopsparticipants can learn the craft and make the very finest product, comparable to that used in the sixteenth century royal ateliers of Iran.
The use of paper, as opposed to vellum or parchment, developed very early in Islamic book arts , and ground gold pigment is more suited to…
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