Empire Console Table Gilding #4: Finishing up the console table

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 07-06-2013 08:30 PM 1402 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I am finally done with the console table. Here were the last days of work

After water gilding, like usual burnishing, sorry about the quality of the picture

Instacoll on the capitals as I could not water gilt them without flooding the original finish. It is a bit like oil gilding, but has the shine of water gilding.

Green clays on the feet, light layers then darker and darker to create an effect with some wear.

A little extra wear then some repair to get the right feeling of an old gilded surfaced repaired, and patina on top of that

Cleaning of the original finish showed a very nice almost undamaged surface

When i am done I look at the before picture, and today I am happy

We will have professional picture taken at on point and I will post them.

Thanks for following that thread

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 02:21 AM

Great work Patrice, its hard to believe its the same piece as the before picture you posted!

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 02:29 AM

Nice job my friend.

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 04:55 AM


That’s a really lovely piece of furniture and you have made it look wonderful!


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