Friday, July 27, 2007

Some Thoughts on Gilding...

...Some years ago I was told by a reputable source that true Armerian Bole could no longer be had. The bole we often use today is German or french primarily but Armenian bole - ah, there's something special. Well, after 15 or so years I find out from a Russian gilder that Armenian Bole is not only available but he ordered some for me from his supplier! I'll report back here when I get it and let you know how it appears, feels, smells and, of course, how it burnishes.

Helping another colleague edit her upcoming book on gilding. Need to keep things under wraps for the moment but look for something along the lines of verre eglomise. This should be good...

Venturing forth into architectural gilding, a somewhat different approach to the requirements of gilding and restoring picture frames but the same techniques. Required samples are different. Instead of rabbet sizes to measure there's blueprints. Next month I'll be gilding some custom moulding around the ceiling in a powder room, water gilding with 12k white gold to provide a segue between the black granite walls and the ceiling. Perhaps I can post a photo here when done.

Technically speaking for those of you interested, I've found an attractiveness to the use of Italian rabbit skin glue when preparing bole for water gilding. It seems softer than the German pebble which I have used for years. I am also finding hide glue to offer quite a brilliant burnish. Sometimes early tests like these show promise in the beginning and peter-out as time goes by. Something else for me to report back to you about after using these materials a little longer.

Decided to offer once again the two-day traditional water gilding class for people who wish to immerse themselves in the craft for a full weekend but may not need to do it for three days. Its been a popular format in the past and trust that it will meet the needs of students on a tight schedule but passionate nonetheless. Stay tuned to the class schedule at http://www.gildingstudio.com/ for dates and times. The next workshop is August 25 & 26.

More to come...

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