Designed for collectors, restorers, homeowners, and dealers alike, this weekend-long workshop will focus on the restoration and conservation of gilded surfaces including frames, furniture, and architectural elements. We will review the basics of traditional water gilding and oil gilding techniques. Emphasis will be placed on identifying different types of gilding, including toned silver leaf gilding. Tools and materials will be reviewed. Replacement of missing ornamental elements through molding and casting techniques will be demonstrated. The visual integration of losses will be discussed as well as appropriate materials and techniques for toning and application of patina.
Participants are encouraged to bring a gilded object to the workshop. Professional touch up kits, brushes, tools, and gilding materials will be available for optional purchase.