1) A silver gilding technique in which an amalgam of silver with mercury is applied to a metal such as copper or brass then the metal is heated to flash volatilize the mercury and deposit a thin layer of silver.
2) A silver gilding technique in which a metal is coated with silver powder then heated to melt the silver into a continuous film.
Synonyms and Related Terms
amalgam silvering; argenture au feu (Fr.); Feuerversilberung (Deut.); vuurverzilveren (Ned.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998