So, by now you should understand the basic principles of oil gilding and perhaps have some experience in practical work.
Here we have a selection of oil gilding photos that you can look at. Each one can be enlarged for a closer look and has a small brief underneath it, describing the
picture and the process.
This cabinet has some lovely gilded highlights. The surface of the cabinet has aged
to give the gilded areas a warmth and personality as they have degraded. This effect can be created with skilled use of pure alcohol and cotton.
This table as some elegant carved cherubs appearing to hold the top. Over time, the gold has worn down, so that
the red bole glows through the surface, developing the character of the piece and enhancing the figures natural curves.
This frieze has very intricate carving on it. It has been gilded on a darker bole background, which adds a
sombre quality to the overall. style. This aged look can be created using rottenstone to rub the gold back to the underlying bole.
This frame is a wonderful example of the art of 'granito', seen in the wheat stalks on the arches. This technique is accomplished
by scratching a design into the gesso, before application of the bole. Even a slight scratch will be seen.
This Louis XV styled chair has gold upon a red bole. Over time, the gold has worn away to reveal the underlying bole. When replicating this
type of finish, it is important to remove the gold in the correct areas, that'll naturally wear down.
This frame has raised areas on the surface that are gilded. One technique to do this, is know as 'pastiglia' where layers of gesso are
painted as a design to create a 3d relief on the surface. This is between the gesso and bole applications.
Water gilding became an important part of the renaissance and was used extensively in religious panels and paintings. The gilding was
completed first in the desired areas, and the paints are then applied upon the surface of the gesso, which is left bare.
This varied selection of statues have a wonderful range of gilded finish. Surfaces can
be left matt, glossy, solid or distressed. The effects can be used on newly gilded surface to create a feeling of age, using an assortment of varied techniques.
Most water gilded pieces are left to age naturally, and can last for hundreds of years without losing any of their charm.
The ageing process is firmly embraced in water gilding and developing the skills of age will require plenty of skill and practice.