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Sign Gilding, "250 " Door sign
Palladium Leaf was applied to washed antique glass using traditional gelatin size. After double gilding, to insure complete coverage of the gilded areas, the stencil is carefully removed. The background and the back of the numbers is painted (2 coats) with a sign painters oil paint. The entire back of the sign is then sealed with a Marine Glass Varnish to protect from future cleaning .
|Fire Engine Gilding
Fire engines from 1825 to 1940 were often decorated on their flat surfaces with gold scrolls that were embellished to look like three dimensional carvings. After the gold was applied as a silhouette shape, the artist would apply layers of transparent glazes to simulate shadows. White lines and dots were then added to represent highlights on the gold. The finished effect was quite convincing from a few feet away. This technique was first used on furniture and architectural details in Europe in previous centuries.