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- Gold beaten into a thin sheet.
1697, Remarks Upon a Scurrilous Libel:
- But this Cobweb Lawn is too thin; a gold Leaf to cover the forgoing poison: For nothing is more plain, that he means, that the King is the Head Conspirator in all this slavery […]
1712, The miscellaneous works of Oliver Goldsmith, volume 4, page 11:
- The streets of Nankin are sometimes strewed with gold leaf; very different are those of London: in the midst of their pavements, a great lazy puddle moves muddily along […]
1860 January 7, The Chemical News, page 55:
- I cannot take a better illustration of this than that of gold leaf, because it brings before us the reason of this apparent difference in the time of the fall.
1956, Daniel Varney Thompson, The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting:
- After the gesso was quite smooth and even it was covered with thin layers of tempered bole, to form a colour ground under the gold leaf, and to provide a sleek, lustrous cushion for the under side of the gold to rest on while the burnisher was pressing on the top.
2001, Milton Ohring, Materials Science of Thin Films, page xix:
- Today, gold leaf can be machine-beaten to 0.1 micron and to 0.05 micron when beaten by a skilled craftsman.