Red Gilding Bole Review
I bought it a few months ago, just to see what that was. After all, there are many bole-makers around, here and oversees. To my great joy, I found Sinopia's bole to my best liking. It is rich and creamy; it has a phenomenal covering power; it is very finely ground and very well mixed. I use it for icon backgrounds, and it takes very little to cover lots of surface. Sinopia's bole handles better than Selhamin, and looks definitely more "alive" than LeFranc. Congrats to Alex on formulating this bole!
This bole is also very versatile. If you want it matte, just apply the bole, and after it dries, don't polish it with a cloth, and just gild on top of it. It will retain its slightly grainy surface and will look like the background of a 15-century Byzantine icon, a soft and quiet glow. If you want it somewhat more reflective but not too much, just polish it with some rough fabric but don't burnish. But if you want a mirror-like surface, it burnishes really well. The color is also very beautiful; it harmonizes well with 22 karat.
Reviewed by: Paul Stetsenko from Alexandria, VA on 3/13/2015