Welcome to gilding basics. Just a quick note. The main sections are found above, but I have broken these down into smaller sub-menus which can be found on the right. These menus contain many different areas that you can learn and explore from contained within the main topic. In this instance, the menu on the right will cover the basics of gilding.
I have a selection of projects for you to try at home within this website, with photographic step by step tuition to help you along the way. You can use any items that you want to gild from home, the processes are pretty much the same. Again, however, this is only a basic guide. I am further developing the website so that more advanced techniques, such as moulded frames, frame repair, re-carving etc. will become available over the coming future.
Gilding History. Gilding has been completed for over 4000 years, with some amazing artefacts still around today to examine.
Gilders Tools.Thiswill give you an overview of the tools and materials that are required for gilding and will also offer any alternatives that can be used.
Gilding Recipes. Here I have provided detailed photographic instruction on the creation of gesso, bole and other areas needed in gilding - most specifically water gilding processes.
Using Gold-leaf. Here is a step by step guide on how to successfully pick up and use loose gold leaf (not for the faint hearted!).
Oil Gilding. This section has a few small projects gilding a small metal object in gold-leaf and a wooden horses head that’s gilded in copper and aged to Verdi-Gris.
Water Gilding. This has a project on a small wooden frame and covers all the basics of producing a water gilded object.
If you are new to gilding, I would suggest starting from the top and working your way down.