TRADITIONAL COMPLETE POLYCHROME
1) Plaster of Paris (stucco):Application
of between 5 and 8 layers of rabbit-skin glue combined with blackplaster
of Paris. Once dry, it is sanded down to recuperate the original
shape with heightened quality of detail.
2) Gold Leaf with water:"Embolado"
application of six layers of clay mixed with water and rabbit-skin
Gold Leaf- stuck with water and fish glue. Burnished ( polished
with agate stone to achieve greater shine)
3) "Estofado" Coat of paint with
egg tempera over which a series of ornamental designs are made,
leaving the design as a backdrop for the gold leaf or vice versa.
4) Varnishing: layer of varnish or lacquer
which protects the layer of gold and brings out the shine of the
5) Polychrome: series of layers of paint
(oil, tempera or acrylic) applied to the areas not treated with
"estofado" to give more expression to the face, hair,
hands and flesh.
6) Gloss: Veils of shadow and light which
accentuate contrast and give greater realism.