A size or glaze made from egg white. Glair is prepared by beating egg white with a little water and allowing it to stand overnight. Some recipes add a small amount of vinegar. Glair becomes tackier, and more odorous, the longer it stands. Glair has been used as a sizing for gilding, as a binder for manuscript illumination paints, and as a thin glaze. It is a weak binder and cracks in low humidity.
Synonyms and Related Terms
clara de ovo (Port.); glaire
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)
- AMOL reCollections Glossary - http://amol.org.au/recollections/7/c/htm