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A gilder's tip is a wide, thin brush of sqirrel tail or sable hair.

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   approx 40mm
   1 1/2 in wide
   

It is used to pick up gold leaf and transfer it to the surface to be gilded. Rub it briefly to build up a static charge, then lay the brush portion flat on the gold leaf. The leaf should stick to the hairs until it is laid on a surface of size (for ordinary gilding) or oil (for bookbinding).

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