Gold Leaf
Application & Antique Restoration

by Ellen Becker

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 0-7643-0632-4

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Extract from back cover of book:

Gold leaf gilder and restoration artist Ellen Becker brings her years of experience to the table, sharing the long-guarded recipes of this ancient craft along with illustrated, step-by-step instructions for various gold leafing and restoration techniques. This book tells you everything you need to get started, and where to find it. It illustrates various techniques for restoring antique frames. And it takes budding craftsmen through a series of projects, starting with simple Dutch metal application through the fine art of water gilding. The artist also shares one of her favorite projects: a gilded box.

More than 300 photos provide visual instruction, making this the most comprehensive instructional book for gold leafing on the market today.

Photos: Colour



Tools and Supplies
Types of Brushes
- Getting Started
- Making Rabbit Skin Glue
- Making Bole
- Making Gesso
- Making Compo
- Making Orange Shellac

Restoration Techniques
- Cleaning and Stripping
- Repairing a Joint
- Replacing Lost or Broken Ornaments
- Making a Mold for a Patch

Basic Techniques for Gilding

Dutch Metal Project


Water Gilding

8ox Projects
- Applying Ornaments
- Applying Gesso
- Applying Bole
- Oil Gilding the Inside of a Box
- Oil Gilding the Outside of a Box
- Gilding the Lid
- Gilding the Ornament
- Painting Over Gold Leaf

Resource List