This morning I delivered the finished frame. I am satisfied with the outcome.
The owner wanted the gilding to have an old patina.
This is achieved by giving the gold leaf some small imperfections and giving the finished result a slightly old and worn look.
the last week I was busy preparing a PowerPoint presentation on the technique
of gilding and restoration. The Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild, of which I am a member, invited me to give a talk about my work. I enjoyed it very much despite my "English".
I also continue working on the restoration of the Masonic mirror frame.
After removing all 4 layers of paint, and getting to a very clean surface, I applied the gesso (gypsum) in areas where it was missing and worn. I also made the shapes of the pearls on the molding.
Now I am sanding the gesso. Flat areas are almost completed but the pearls on the molding are taking me much longer. This is because I did not use molds, for the pearls, but did them freehand.
My four new books about frames, I have similar books in Spanish, but now I am starting a library in English.
I am finding that there are a lot of books on the subject of frames, restoration, and gilding.
I am very excited and I will keep you all posted as I find new titles of interest.