Question: Could you give me some information on the binder and its percentage to pigment. Amazed and very pleased to see that you are manufacturing genuine Vermilion. Before I buy, could you give me some information on the binder, and its percentage to pigment, and also any other additions?
— Many thanks, L.H
Michael: From your questions, I can tell we are on the same wavelength. It is approximately 80% mercuric sulphide, tested by London University as 99.9% pure, which I import from China. It is ground into cold-pressed linseed, which is further refined by giving it the best drying oil I can find. You may also be interested in my genuine Naples Light and Dark (lead antimonate).