I tried beating the gold into gold leaf but the gold breaks off
into small pieces. Why is this happening and what do do I have to
do to prevent this breaking.
one must put the gold between pieces of leather and use mallets to
beat it out to the appropriate thickness. it also helps if you first
roll it as thin as possible in a mill, then procede to beating it as
thin as possible. in Bihar, they use wooden mallets to produce leaf
and it takes quite a lot of time to produce any leaf of reasonable
size..if you need really detailed instructiojn i suggest oppi
untracht's metal techniques for craftsmen, or if you read hindi, ther
is a book called "goldsmithing for temple artisans", though out of
print. it is a painstaking process ( i have tried it!) and expect to
spend a few days to make a 3x3" piece of leaf.. if you need more info
i'll be happy to share what i know..