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    gilding project

    From stripping to prepping and sanding, sealing and coating with flat black to adding the red under coats [4] to applying the 23K gold leaf. I am tired of this table ! The mirror was a snap. Gilded over carved soap stone. But we had to strip the medal frame and soap stone. I painted the frame flat black also and applyed the red undercoat [4] times and gilded.
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    Last edited by Dave Hawksford; 11-22-2010 at 05:24 PM.
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    Looks like some very painstaking work there. Do you get tense doing it, or is it a walk in the park for you by now?

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    It is a mind drainer. You need still air , no interruptions and a good amount of time, 6 hours at the minimum for each sit when applying the gold. I like the work , the quite and the satisfaction of the Big Smile when I deliver the work.
    The problem with this job was the portion around the skirt of the table was all a paper applica which had to have malleable sealer coats.
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    well done dave,,it sure made that piece snap

    thanks for showing us the final out come
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    Nice job Dave.

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    Wow, looks like something you would find in a museum.
    Beautiful work Dave.
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    gilding project

    Nice work Dave. Reminds me of the gilding I used to do on fire apparatus.

    May I ask, why the red primer? What color sizing did you use, or clear?

    Very nice burnish. I have a frame to do, someday but not nearly as elaborate as that one.

    Real nice job. Thanks for the pix.

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    More pic's and detail information on gilding process

    Toni the red clay is called the Bowl or base coats. Red gives a brighter warmer look to the gold where as the ocher color tone adds a cooler look.

    One of the processes I use is double gilding for ornate work. The 1st pic is loading the knife with a sheet of gold I pick it up in the middle of the sheet Pic 5 shows laying the sheet down and pic 6 is a line I placed on the material to be gilded.
    Pic 2 shows the difference between a single sheet vs. double loading or double leaf gilding. Pic 3 is a small section of single leaf gilding and Pic 4 is a section of double leaf gilding.
    By double leafing time is saved from having do cut more gold and lay over the 1st piece. This always the gilt to get into the recesses. Is also allows the tamping brush to remain free from picking up and sizing [glue / varnish] from getting on the tamping brush which would cause the gold to stick to the brush and create other problems.
    Pick 7, tamping down the gold. At this point the gold is adhering to the sizing which is just about dry and at a point called tack. During the time of tamping the brush also becomes a mop and catches what is call the flacks and then the squeing is done which deposits the small flacks into the crevasses of the moldings. With the 1 sheet process this can not be done and thus you can not get 98% coverage.
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    Amazing work, Dave.
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    Great work Dave.

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