Gilding Demonstration & Shop Tours

Step back into the 17th century with us!

Join us Saturday afternoon, June 25th from 1 – 3 pm for a public gilding demonstration and tours through the back rooms of our shop.

Few people know about what goes on regularly in the back rooms of our shop space, restoring and reproducing antique frames for collectors and museum clients. This summer we have a number of projects in process that illustrate almost every aspect of antique restoration and reproduction that GFAF is capable of, including gold leafing, hand-carving, casting, burnishing, and antiquing. Often, these projects involve historical research, custom millwork, and methods of material application that are centuries old. We use simple materials & simple tools. Rabbit skin glue, chalk, clay, wood, wax, water, and 22 K gold leaf. Knives, gouges, steel wool, fine sandpaper, and a “gilders tip” made of squirrel hair.

The craft of gold leaf gilding goes back over 4,000 years to Northern Africa where gold foil was applied to wood to give the appearance of being made of solid gold. The methods of gilding used today are rooted in ancient Egypt and were later refined during the Renaissance.

Gold leaf is defined as thin sheets of gold, silver or less-precious metals, pounded down into “leaves” nearly 1/250,000 of an inch thick. The variety of genuine gold can differ in values from deep gold (23-24K) to lemon gold (18K), pale gold (16K), and white gold (12K), which are alloyed with small amounts of silver and/or copper.

Gold leafing is a generalized term used to group the three most common methods for applying gold to a prepared surface: water gilding, oil gilding, and what is commonly referred to as metal leafing. Throughout the ages the process of gold leafing has been used to create beautiful works of art, sculpture, and architecture.

Jun 2016
AUTHOR braydee

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