Natural Estonian linseed oil Vekker Linavarnits 50 ml with added drying agent. It is used for the finish coating of icons, as well as for use in natural levkas as a plasticizer.
Not sold in their original packaging (50 ml and 0.5 l package does not exist in the manufacturer), as we fill the 5-liter canisters in convenient flask bottles.
If you need a larger volume of oil, you can buy a whole 5-liter canister in its original packaging on our website here.
To cover a gilded icon, we use a mixture of PF-283 varnish Yaroslavl paints with Estonian Vekker Linavanits olive oil in a 1:1 ratio. This mixture is applied * by hand in a latex glove in the rubbing, “dry”. After ~4 hours, we add this mixture dry in the same way in those places where it “gelled”. Drying time of the mixture is about 16 hours.
The advantage of this composition for covering icons
- What we polished stays glossy, what we left unpolished stays matte (if we use only the olive on the gold, it becomes cloudy, matte, if we use only varnish, everything will be too glossy).
- Both gold and lettering and even jewelry cold enamel can be coated.
- Dries quickly
- This mixture is time-tested, the varnish does not yellow, does not turn white, does not darken.
- No need to “race” the olive oil, “fickle” and other things
Disadvantages – the mixture is almost impossible to clear, it is not restorable. Use our way or not – you decide!
*This method is ideal for covering an icon painted in PVA tempera, but if you paint with pigments, egg tempera, it is desirable to 1) let them dry for at least 2 weeks; 2) first impregnate with olive oil in the classic way, avoiding contact of the oil with the gold.
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