from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A size laid on to form a surface on which gold-leaf can be applied.
- noun A mixture of chrome-yellow and varnish used in gold-printing and for other purposes.
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For a black japan, it will be found sufficient to mix a little gold-size with lamp-black; this will bear a good gloss, without requiring to be varnished afterwards.
Driers and gold-size are extremely necessary when painting the basement, because if there is one thing the staff enjoy more than tea-cups coming away in the 'and, it is really rubbing themselves against wet paint and wandering round muttering complaints about it.
On the other hand, I am not content with mere painting; I go in thoroughly for all the refinements like driers and varnishes and gold-size.