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6.
Smooth the chalk-sized surface with great care. The more thoroughly and carefully this smoothing operation is carried out, the better will be the quality of the gilded surface applied to the chalk sizing.
     
7.
  Ensure that the poliment is correctly bound with glue. This is the decisive factor on which the quality of the poliment gilding depends.
     
8.
  Deeply recessed and therefore difficult-to-reach sections of decorative work (e.g. wooden items with filigree elements) are best treated with yellow poliment. This helps to ensure that any patches of surface that have not been gilded correctly with gold leaf are not so obvious, and thus do not have a negative effect on the general impression given.
     
9.
  The most versatile tool recommended for novices in the art is a small horn-shaped polishing agate.
     
10.   The correct moment can also be determined using the so-called "knock test". Carefully tap the gilded surface with the polishing agate. If the tone produced is lighter than the dull one heard just after application of the gold leaf, test a small area at the edge of the surface to determine whether the gilding is ready for burnishing. If it is, begin with the burnishing of the entire surface. Note that it is difficult to burnish the gold correctly once the underlying surface is completely dry.

 

 
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