I would like to show you how I did the pearls (beads) of the moldings on the frame, which were missing or broken.
One way of making them, would be to put gesoo layers to form the shape of the bead but this would take a long time if I had to do a lot of these on the frame.
The fastest, cleanest and simplest way is making molds.
I used a special plasticine, called "Maimeri" which is Italian, and a dental gesso that is used in dental work. I mixed the gesso with water.
The first step is to press a bit of the plasticine on a piece of exisiting molding with perfect pearls.
Second, prepare the dental gesso with water taking care not to make bubbles.
Third, injecting the gesso the into the mold, that was made with the plasticine with the aid of a syringe.
Finally let the gesso dry until hard. Once it is hard, remove the plasticine carefully and apply the beads or pearls to the frame.
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Today I started the restoration of a large wooden gilded frame from the nineteenth century.
The frame is decorated principly with twisted acanthus leaves, on the inner edge with twist ribbon ornamention and a mall round bead (pearls) repeated in series along the outer edge.
The frame is very dirty, with many broken pieces including some lost beads, and
the metal gold leaf is very dark in some areas.
The first thing I did was vacuum it, and that was when I discovered that a large part of the central molding was completely loose and not glued down, so I took it off.
Then I started to glue down all the loose parts with polyvinyl acetate (PVA).
Tomorrow, when all parts are secure and glued, I will continue with the cleaning.
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I would like to announce that the Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild will present an exhibit of art and handmade traditional liturgical crafts that demonstrate excellence in the field of sacred art, at St. Jude's Parish, 3078 Renfrew @ 14th, Vancouver, B.C.
I will have three icons in the exhibition, which will be:
"Dulcemelos" an icone based on a work of Juan of Sevilla, fifteenth century. Tempera & 22 kt gold leaf on wood.
"Saint Paul" based on a bizantine icone. Egg tempera and 23 kt gold leaf on wood.
"Virgin praying" based on a canvas of the Cuzco School, eigtheenth century and unknown author. Tempera and 22 kt gold leaf on wood.
All pieces are unique and done by me according to the Old traditional techniques.
Dates: Saturday, October 13, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sat/Sun: 9 am - 5 pm
Mon-Fri: 9 am - 4 pm
If you have a chance you could enjoy different and several works, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, textiles... of art made with love.
I would love to see you there. Thank you very much for reading.