Aluminum leaf

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A very thin Aluminum foil used for gilding. Aluminum leaf has a silvery color and has been used as an inexpensive substitute for Silver and Palladium leaf. It is primarily used for signs, stamped designs, and book covers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

imitation silver; Blattaluminium (Deut.); hoja de aluminio (Esp.); folha de alumínio (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Conservation Support Systems, Catalog, 1997