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Gilding

Gilding is a very important part of my business here in the East Neuk of Fife. I have been handling gold leaf for 10 years and have experience with both water and oil gilding. Recent projects have included; sand gilding a replica frame for Fife Historic Buildings Trust, Restoring and Gilding decorative pendulums for an antique Cupar Clock, restoring and re- gilding 18th Century frame surfaces.  all projects will be considered and assessed. Consultation free of charge.

Pendulum
Shell
This piece is an example of an original restored 18th Century frame which has been repaired and regilded to create a showy gift piece.

This piece is an example of an original restored 18th Century frame which has been repaired and regilded to create a showy gift piece.

Why

When I first started framing, I had a job in a small workshop localy. I loved the process and the satisfaction of making and finishing works- However I found the frame options so uninspiring. I loved the job but did not like the finishes. The ready made finishes as I call them. And those are fine. But I was beguiled by gold. Gilding is a precise practice which hasn’t changed for years. Many of the same materials and tools are used as they were hundreds of years ago, making the whole process even more enchanting. The responsibility of time; past present and future, remains with me while I gild my surfaces. I can only hope to do justice to all of my works

Gilded Pair

Materials

In all of my work i use 24ct gold unless otherwise requested or discussed beforehand. The under layers are varied and are entirely up to the client's discretion or historical accuracy; however as a standard I will usually use a yellow or red bole undercoat with the gold leaf applied with water or oil on top. All my materials are sourced from trusted suppliers who have been dealing with gilding materials for many years.

For more information on gilding or my previous projects please refer to my blog page or get in touch.

I am able to work to budgets set to me, however bear in mind that prices will vary depending on the size and coverage of the object. And gold is not cheap. Therefore a brief consultation as to how we can bring about the best in your work is advised.

This is a modern box frame made based on Venrtian colours, Purposefully distressed to give the sense of passing time like a fading Venetian wall.

This is a modern box frame made based on Venrtian colours, Purposefully distressed to give the sense of passing time like a fading Venetian wall.