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Project by vahid posted 10-03-2010 01:26 PM 1545 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi friends according your wishes to see the project in process and according to the low speed of my diallup connection I am trying to show allittle about the process of gilding ( here silver leaf) , again it is not genuin silver and it is immitation which I buy every package of 500 sheets only for arround 30 u.s dollars. I usually double leaf my projects to get the best results, some of my peers use to spray silver lacqer on project befor gilding to help them , but I usually gild directly over the paint ( here I have choosen black) this action needs courage! :) because every failiur will be clearly seen, but the result of double gilding is dramattically better than once gilding over lacquer, one of the pictures shows the pedestal during gilding which is over my desk,. and you can see my samavor there! too. actually I drink toooo many cups of tea :))
once gilding finished I let it to dry overnight (leaf on ) and then I seal the leaf by special sealer , in the case of gold leaf shllac is better, after I become sure the leaf is coated well and sealed and the coating is completly dry I apply glaze , you see that without glaze the project is not so attractive and looks like allitle cheap! applying glaze whic usually has made by myself and acording my personal recepie ( and here we use to hide our recepies from our peers!) is very important and needs care and sikill, to fix the glaze over the project I usually apply a very thin layer of that sealer again which is greatly reduced by thiner. then I package the work and send to gallery owners, I got arround 500 dollars for gilding a pair of these pedestals, (exactly these tow pedestals) now I look for your comments regard Vahid from Tehran abdolwahid@gmail.com





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#1 posted 10-03-2010 04:02 PM

wow… nice !

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#2 posted 10-03-2010 04:26 PM

Amazing work Vahid.

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 05:46 PM

I notice when you gild a project you gild it in one color only. Do you ever mix gold, silver or copper together on one project ? Very nice work. I would like to see the project BEFORE you gild it. Even though your work is beautiful I would still like to appreciate the wood carving.

-- Have a great day.

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 08:12 PM

Thanks for showing your work. Beautiful!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 08:36 PM

Hi Vahid.

Once again, a beautiful job! I see what you mean about the glaze being so important to the final finish. It really makes the work “POP”!

Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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vahid

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 10:33 PM

thanks. to answer one of friends who has asked about mixing different colour leafs, yes I’ve done it acording the order of customers for example I’ve silver leaf the ground and gold carvings , but the fact is those mixings reduce the value of work, and my customers usually prefer a mono colour leaf with aging mild glaze.

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 10:36 PM

thanks. to answer one of friends who has asked about mixing different colour leafs, yes I’ve done it acording the order of customers for example I’ve silver leaf the ground and gold carvings , but the fact is those mixings reduce the value of work, and my customers usually prefer a mono colour leaf with aging mild glaze.

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grosa

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 11:40 PM

Thank’s vahid. It would be nice to see the project before you gild it.

-- Have a great day.

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#9 posted 10-04-2010 09:18 AM

Again this is beautiful work Abdol what kind of wood is used for the carving? it looks very intricate. Do you have a carver working with you & who designs them? Also can we see the bare wood carving before the gilding. A lot of antique french funiture carving was given the final detail with plaster it would be interesting to see if this is this the same?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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vahid

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#10 posted 10-04-2010 11:24 AM

I try to find and attach the bareface of this project soon, this pedestals have made of walnut only the top flat and the flat in bottom are veneered MDF and the rest is solid walnut, yes here also some use polyester resin as final deatail instead of hand carving but they are few here in Iran, yes there is a carver here in my workshop who works with me he designs and carve the patterns but these pedestals are not his work , my custemor has send them to me for gilding and I dont know his carver, carvers usually use Italina catalogues to find a model or atleast inspiration for their work and seldom design their own creative design,

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#11 posted 10-04-2010 11:39 AM

That is amazing work; I don’t know much at all about this technique but it looks very interesting.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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