Empire Console Table Gilding #2: Whiting - Gesso, Clay

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 461 days ago 690 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Cleaning the plaster Part 2 of Empire Console Table Gilding series Part 3: Water gilding »

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

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#1 posted 460 days ago


Another labor of love!


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#2 posted 459 days ago

This will be fun to watch.

Thanks Patrice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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