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Loose Leaf vs.  Transfer Leaf vs.  Roll Leaf

 

Transfer Vs.  Loose Leaf

Loose Leaf a.k.a.  Surface Leaf

 

Leaves are placed between pages in the book, where they are barely held in place.  The leaf will come loose with a light puff of air.

 

Loose leaf is generally preferred by professional gilders when working indoors.  The leaf is easily moved with a gilders tip.  When working with large flat areas, the Thorn Tip works well for picking up, and precisely placing leaves where you want them.

 

Transfer Vs.  Loose Leaf

Transfer Leaf a.k.a.  Patent Leaf

 

Each leaf has been placed on a sheet of transfer paper, and then the book is placed under pressure to stick the leaves to the paper.  The leaf is easily transferred from the paper when it comes in contact with a surface that has been prepared with an adhesive.

 

Transfer leaf is generally preferred when working outdoors, where loose leaf may blow away, or by gilders who prefer not to work with a gilders tip.  Compared to loose leaf, transfer leaf can more easily be manipulated by hand, since the transfer paper to which the leaf is adhered can be touched.


Transfer Leaf works well with flat or rounded surfaces, and is ideal for walls or ceilings.  It does not work as well with high-detail, deeply carved, or intricate objects.

Transfer Vs.  Loose Leaf

Roll Leaf

 

Roll leaf is loose leaf that has been placed on a long sheet of transfer paper, with a small overlap, making it one very long continuous leaf.  The rolls are trimmed to various widths, and are a quick and efficient way to apply leaf over large, or long, flat areas.  Leaf can be easily unrolled in one continuous strip, rather than placing a series of leaves one after another.