Bole Clays



Bole Clay for Water Gilding

The Traditional Water Gilding Technique allows the artist to lay gold leaf onto a soft clay ground that has been prepared with a natural glue, such as Rabbit Skin Glue. While this technique requires a little extra more work than the convenient size gilding, the advantage of water gilding is the fact that the gold can be burnished to a high gloss finish, after the gold has been applied to the soft poliment ground. For an overview of how to water gild, please visit our tutorial page: Watergilding Tutorial.


The Sinopia Clay Boles are manufactured in house and have undergone years of development and field testing. We are proud to present such standard colors as red, yellow, white, black, green and blue. Recently the Sinopia Test Kitchen has developed two historical clays: The Classic French Red & Yellow. These colors emulate clay colors that were common in France up until the 1970's. Sinopia was able to secure actual samples of these historical clays and match the hues. We are currently working on other historical colors that will be released soon.


COLD WEATHER ALERT: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BOLES AND CASEIN GESSO HAVE BEEN TESTED IN FREEZING CONDITIONS AND ARE NOT AFFECTED BY BEING FROZEN. THAW THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE.SaveSaveSave

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Red Gilding Clay Bole Poliment
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White Gilding Clay Bole Poliment
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Black Gilding Clay Bole Poliment
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