|Preparing a chair for gilding with gesso|
The preparation of all of the recipes used in water gilding are quite precise including that used to make gesso. One very important consideration is the strength of the RSG formula which is a 10% solution: 9 parts water to 1 part dry RSG, either in pebble or granular form. If the RSG solution is prepared too strong there is risk in developing crack mechanisms in the gesso layer. Likewise, if the RSG solution is too weak, one faces the possibility of delamination of gesso from the wood substrate.