The balls are ready so it is time to finish the water gilding.
With a brush called mop you reactivate the stickiness of the glue and clay of the clay layer and your gold will just be sucked in place by the water and stuck there
It is always amazing to me that after so much care for such thin particles of gold you come in with a burnisher and rub the hell out of it…
Notice the difference between the burnished and none burnished area. You can play with shinny and mat area for effects. But in that case, it was all burnished
Done with water gilding
Next, oil gilding wear and patina
-- Patrice lejeune