Pre-Industrial Gold Tooling

with Brien Beidler
Thursday, October 27; 6–9pm CT and Saturday, October 29; 10am–4pm CT

Learn the subtle practice of using gold leaf and egg glair to title and decorate leather book covers. For centuries, and before alternative glairs and hot stamping machines with large engraved dies were available, egg glair, gold leaf, and an assortment of individual hand tools were the principal means by which book covers were designed and decorated. Learn and explore the tools and processes involved in this technique. From handling gold leaf to getting a clean impression, learn from each other’s setbacks and successes and go for gold!

The materials fee includes pre-prepared leather plaquettes (leather adhered to board), a pre-prepared dummy wooden spine lined with leather, and a book of gold foil.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 9 hours, Category C or D

$198/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $125 materials fee
$98 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $125 materials fee
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to be vaccinated, have received a booster dose, and wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. Proof of vaccination must be received three days (72 hours) before the start of the workshop or enrollment is subject to cancellation with a full refund. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 10/17 at midnight (CT).