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Gilding


Shell Gold

Shell gold is real gold powder mixed with gum arabic or glue to form a little
tablet that looks like a miniature watercolor tablet.  Actually, if you think
about it, it *is* watercolor whose pigment is gold -- same formulation.  It's
very expensive, but it goes further than you'd think.  It can be lightly
burnished.  It's called shell gold because it used to be stored in a mussel
shell.