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Re: Edge Gilding



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The "saliva laden brush" is good, but with starch based adhesives there may be a
problem. Ptyalin is the active ingredient in saliva, which digests starch by
converting it to sugar. The effect will vary from person to person. Not a
problem if you are using gelatine, as it does not convert protein. To put on a
second layer when a starch holds the first, try breathing on the first layer,
applying the second while the condensation from your breath is on the first, and
burnish with hand-warmed agate.

To clean blades  of all sorts, and remove oil after sharpening, I use denatured
alcohol.

--

 Richard
 http://www.minsky.com
 http://www.centerforbookarts.org

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