Gilded Capitals: Adhering Gold to the Gesso: The next few photos show the process of raised gilding. Here I have cut the patent leaf to an appropriate size, moistened the gesso through the use of a breathing tube, and placed the gold onto the gesso. Burnishing through the glassine paper and a secondary sheet of notebook paper adhered the gold to the size. I used my dogtooth agate burnisher to do this, running the tip around the raised border of the gesso and across the surface in every direction to ensure that it would stick. In the photo, the outline of the letter is clearly visible where the gold has adhered properly.