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Blog series by Patricelejeune updated 380 days ago 4 parts 2851 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Cleaning the plaster

423 days ago by Patricelejeune | 2 comments »

Couple months ago Patrick acquired a console table which gilding rather than being repaired was plastered over. The first thing I tried was to clean the plaster to save the original surface The back feet were easy to clean as the plaster was water based and the decoration was oil based stencil We tried to take of the plaster with tools without damaging the glod, the plaster being water base and the gold also, water gilding. We discover the lower part was verdigris, as ...

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Part 2: Whiting - Gesso, Clay

423 days ago by Patricelejeune | 2 comments »

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...

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Part 3: Water gilding

412 days ago by Patricelejeune | 0 comments »

I have been water gilding this last days. I will be done today I have a vido on water gilding, not on the same piece though http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1TFn9SY33U Here is the table almost done

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Part 4: Finishing up the console table

380 days ago by Patricelejeune | 3 comments »

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 f...

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