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Gilding for Beginners

Gilding for Beginners



The course aims to offer those who wish to gain an introduction to the skills of the gilder, or to refresh or extend their skills, an opportunity to do so.


Detailed Description

This course is an introduction to the gilding process, nature and production of metal leaf, gilding tools, choosing tools and materials for the job.  The course also includes gesso ground, use of Bole, practical water and oil gilding and burnishing.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and choose appropriate leaf metal for the gilding of surfaces
  • Prepare a suitable ground for oil or water gilding on wooden substrates.
  • Effectively use the tools of the gilders trade to produce a gilded artefact using gold, silver or Dutch metal leaf.

The course will appeal to those involved in the preservation of gilded artefacts or of architectural interiors as well as those who wish to use gilding techniques in production of their art or craft work, including professionals and volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage.

Dates: 16.10.17 - 04.12.17

Day: Mondays, 18.00 - 20.30

Duration: One evening a week for 8 weeks