January 10, 2015 in 

Decorative stamped binding, also known as gold tooling, is the process of decorating the spine and covers of a book with gold leaf. This type of binding was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, and is still used today on occasion.

Gold tooling is a painstaking and delicate process. First, the spine and covers of the book are covered with a thin layer of gold leaf. Next, a design is stamped into the gold leaf using a variety of tools. The gold is then burnished, and the excess is brushed away.

The end result is a beautiful and luxurious-looking book that will stand out on any bookshelf. Gold tooling is often used on bibles, prayer books, and other religious texts, as well as on books that are meant to be displayed rather than read.

If you’re interested in trying your hand at decorative stamped binding, there are a few things you’ll need to get started. First, you’ll need a book that’s suitable for gold leafing. Second, you’ll need gold leaf, adhesive, and tools for stamping and burnishing.

Gold leaf is available in sheets or flakes, and can be purchased at most craft stores. The adhesive is usually a size, which is a type of glue that dries clear and hard. You can find size at most art supply stores.

As for tools, you’ll need a variety of stamps, a burnisher, and a soft cloth. The stamps can be purchased online or at most craft stores. The burnisher is a tool used to smooth and shine the gold leaf. You can find burnishers at most art supply stores.

Now that you have all of the supplies you need, you’re ready to get started. Begin by covering the spine and covers of your book with a thin layer of gold leaf. Once the leaf is in place, use your stamps to create a design.

When you’re happy with the design, use the burnisher to smooth and shine the gold. Finally, brush away any excess leaf with a soft cloth. And that’s it! You’ve now created a beautiful and unique book that is sure to impress.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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