Gilding failure

I’m still trying to get the hang of hidden fore-edge painting.  The painting is going well enough…

Self-portraits painted onto the edge of a biography of Andy Warhol

My difficulty remains in the gilding.  I truly believe the reflective quality of metal leaf is superior to that of every paint I’ve ever tried (and I had the chance to try quite a few over the years).  It’s not going terribly well so far…

gilding fail
A paradox: too much glue for the pages to separate properly, but not enough for the metal leaf to stick to the pages

I’m going to get this to work, but it’s taking longer than expected.

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