The 2-day Taster is an ideal introduction to the mystery and fascination of gilding! Whether you have a professional interest in gilding, would like to restore or renovate home items or just fancy developing a new skill, the water-gilding experience is guaranteed to provide fun and stimulation, whatever your age, background and interests.
Learn the processes developed over thousands of years and transform almost any surface into a precious metal. Gilding itself, has a long and interesting history that dates back to over 4,500 years ago with the Egyptians. Since then gilding has changed very little.
On this course you will learn:
OIL-GILDING Learn how to apply gold leaf and other precious metals to a variety of surfaces. Produce a copper gilded panel, that is tarnished and then finished with a design on top in a precious metal of your choice.
WATER-GILDING Learn the basics of water-gilding, the technique most commonly used to decorate picture frames and furniture. You will learn how to make up ancient recipes, apply gesso and bole, and then experience the application of gold itself upon the surface.
Although Gold is the most commonly used metal in gilding, other precious metals such as Platinum, Palladium and silver can also be used. Lesser metals such as Copper, Bronze and Silver are frequently placed upon surfaces, such as picture frames and then tarnished to create a whole range of pleasing aesthetic effects.
I can also provide details of accommodation for those who travel.
The following is a template of the 2 day course, although all the courses are tailored after a client consultation.
09.00 Introduction 09.30 Tools and Materials 10.00 Making RSG and Gesso 11.00 Surface Preparation 11.15 Oil-gild Copper 12.30 Application of Gesso 13.00 Lunch 14.00 Application of Gesso 15.00 Oil-gild Variety of Metals 16.30 Tarnish Copper 17.00 End of Day
09.00 Water Polishing 10.00 Sand Gesso 10.30 Application of Bole 12.00 Place Design on Copper 13.00 Lunch 14.00 Oil-gild Design in Metal Choice 15.00 Water-gilding Gold-leaf 16.30 Burnishing Gold 17.00 End of Day