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Gilding makes wood look like gold.
First, glue is made by heating treated animal skin. The glue is applied to the wood. A glue and chalk mixture forms a base for the gilding. The mixture is applied in layers. It is smoothed down with dried horsetail plant. Details are cut into the white base. A layer of yellow ochre is applied. This disguises recesses that cannot be gilded.
Next, a clay mixture is painted on. The surface is smoothed until it shines. Gold leaf is a thin tissue of real gold. Water is applied to make the surface sticky. An animal tooth is used to burnish the surface. Some areas are left matt and coated with glue for an even finish.
The wood now looks like gold.