Gilt Pen clarification


Down several questions, a reply was provided asking about gilt repair pens, or at least how to touch up worn lettering. I found the answer a bit disturbing, as I was about to ask the same question, but am now confused. Sophia has said, “Danger awaits!” Kinda unnerving. Could you be very specific please? Are we talking a “bleeding” issue? In at least one of your videos it is shown that some of the cover lettering was being touched up with an archival black pen.


Attached are two pics of the spine of a recently repiared bible, the cover of which is that lovely bonded leather. As the front cover became UN-attached, material wore away and/or material “disappeared” as scotch tape was brought to bear and subsequently removed. Is it that in the absence of the suggested material and repair, to just leave such things alone?

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    User Avatar Posted by (Questions: 40, Answers: 28)
    Asked on October 9, 2022 11:30 am
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    Hi there, Yes, bleeding, but also just messy lines or gold that doesn't match the original coloring. With a steady hand, it is ok to try! Yes, a black archival pen can help too. I frequently have both an archival black pen and my shell gold with a liner brush for such things.

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    Answered on November 28, 2022 12:46 pm