process of gilding in pictures

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Project by vahid posted 11-11-2010 06:42 PM 2225 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this pedestal lunch table is made of solid beech wood, the hand carving is a super work in my idea, it is deep and alive and difficult to perform. i try to put pictures of it’s gilding process as some friends here wish. the pair of pedestal table took arround 2 weeks for me and my assistant to finish from begining to end, it took arrond 300 sheet of immitation gold leaf for each pedestal. the size (glue) has applied by hand , after gilding i sealed it by thin layer of special sealer, then i applied my hand made antique black glaze.
any question or comment is welcomed, :) the last picture which i’ve added shows the work completed befor glaze.

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 07:02 PM

It’s beautiful. This obviously took a lot work. Your a master of your craft.

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 07:59 PM

thank you for ur comments. i use n.c (nitrocellolose base) putty which thins by laquer thiner i usually apply 3 or for layers of it and sand between coats by fine and finer sand paper,

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 08:56 PM

oh man o_o

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 09:21 PM

Absolutely stunning vahid. The fluid organic feel of the carving is exceptional and the black antiquing glaze on the gilding is superb and really gives the whole piece a wonderful dynamic contrast.

Many hours of tedious work with an extraordinary end result. You are a master!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 11:00 PM

Again, fantastic work. Do you smooth out/polish the imitation gold leaf in any way after applying it and brushing off the excess? I’d be interested in how you do that, as I’ve read it’s not so easy with imitation leaf compared to real gold. Thank you for sharing so much of your work, I can’t get enough of seeing the process and learning from it.

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 11:03 PM

To tell you the truth, I’ve never seen something so beautiful! Like Daniel said, you are a master of your craft! I just can’t compliment your work enough!


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#7 posted 11-11-2010 11:19 PM

As always – super!!

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 11:55 PM

Exquisite Work, my Friend…
It looks like a very tedious procedure, but in your hands, a fantastic result!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 11-12-2010 12:23 AM

Absolutely stunning Vahid. You should write a book!

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 12:40 AM

I’m speechless, you are a true craftsman.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#11 posted 11-12-2010 06:40 AM

Vahid my friend, you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful craftsmanship.

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

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 06:46 AM


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#13 posted 11-12-2010 08:10 AM

thank you so much for your kind of your comments. I am proud of being approved by such craftsmen. about the question once I apply the leaf I use a cotton ball (put in womens thin sock) and rub the gold leaf by press , so the crinkles become smooth and shiny, sometimes to burnish the leaf i apply alittle alcohol to the cotton ball and rub the leaf and it burnishes, i should mention that befor burnishing I clean up the work from exess of leaf by a dry soft hi quality shaving brush and even sometimes use comperessed air to run away those leaf exess, once it become clean and burnished i touch up ‘holidays’ (the parts may have not leaf on or have problems) I apply alittle size to those parts let it to set and apply leaf on those parts, now the whole work is flawless covered with leaf smoth and shiny it is now like a polished bronze work -not wooden- , now i apply 3 layers of the hi quality shellac over it then special sealer -as i mentioned – and finally glaze,

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#14 posted 11-15-2010 08:16 AM

WOOWWW.. !!!! vahid your the best!!

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#15 posted 01-28-2011 09:48 PM

thanks :)

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