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Re: How to retouch gilt wood furniture?

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (216.47.188.27)
Date: 6/2/5 19:27

In Response To: How to retouch gilt wood furniture? (Hiroko Ichikawa)

typically old gold leaf items are found to have been touched up with paint, because gilding is an art form that one must learn, and learning to then blend new gold to match the original is another skill that's not easy to master. The plaster is a Gesso coat thats put over wood when gilding, and the reddish paint is the undercoat that the sizing is put on. I suggest you do some searches on Google for Gilding tecniques and do some reading...this will familiarize you with the steps and techniques used to effect such a repair. Occaisonally local crafters will give classes in gilding as well, which is a good way to learn. Having said that, there are also some excellent leaf touch up paints on the market that will effect an excellent repair, although obviously not with real gold....www.dickblick.com has some of those alternatives...and there are also faux gold leaf materials available that can be applied with the leafing techniques....real gold leaf is expensive!...

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