This week, I am back on the Empire console table gilding, and after cleaning everyting to the gesso, I started to rebuild it.
After couple layers I did some recutting of the gesso to make it sharper with improvised recutting tools.
First layer of clay is yellow, be sure there is no white left
Then as I found during the stripping process the clay was gray as often in american gilt piece.
Notice that I leaved the yellow in the recess, as it will hide the possible cracks in the gold.
-- Patrice lejeune