The appearance of this Buddha statue is gold, and the surface craft effect of this golden Buddha statue is covered with gold leaf. Covering Buddha statues with gold leaf is a process known as gilding. Gilding involves applying thin sheets of gold, known as gold leaf, onto the surface of the statue. This technique has been used for centuries to create a luxurious and decorative finish. Here’s a basic overview of the process:
- Surface Preparation: The surface of the statue needs to be clean, smooth, and free of any dirt, dust, or imperfections. This might involve sanding or priming the surface.
- Adhesive Application: A special adhesive, is applied to the statue’s surface. This adhesive will hold the gold leaf in place.
- Applying Gold Leaf: Once the adhesive becomes tacky (but not fully dry), the gold leaf is carefully applied to the statue’s surface. The thin and delicate gold leaf adheres to the adhesive.
- Burnishing: After the gold leaf is applied, a soft brush or cloth is used to gently smooth and burnish the surface. This helps to remove any excess gold leaf and create a uniform, shiny finish.
- Sealing: To protect the gold leaf and ensure its longevity, a clear sealant or varnish is often applied over the gilded surface. This helps prevent tarnishing and damage.
Maitreya Buddha Statue Surface with gold leaf