Class Details

Traditional Water Gilding - Miller


Traditional Water Gilding is only achieved when the methods, types of materials and proper tools used by master gilders during the Italian Renaissance are used in water gilding today. This class provides each student with that foundation which will result in beautiful water gilded surfaces. This workshop teaches students how to make rabbit skin glue gesso, make bole (gilders clay with rabbit skin glue), prepare the wood surface for gilding, and how to use specific gilders tools. Once the frames are prepared each student will learn how to apply gold leaf onto the frames and then learn how to burnish the water gilding, rendering highly reflective surfaces.

This class is suitable for the beginner as well as for those gilders that are interested in improving techniques. Each student will be provided with a frame to work on and then take with them.  Students should bring work clothes or aprons.

Base price includes all materials (Includes 1 joined frame, 1 book of gold leaf, materials for the class to make gesso, bole and rabbit skin glue, sand paper and other abrasive materials, rolled cotton, polished fabrics, i class syllabus including recipes, formulas, material resources and reading list.)

If a student already has proper gilding tools they are encouraged to bring them.  Otherwise, they are strongly urged to purchase them for an additional $185, which includes: 1 dog tooth shaped agate burnisher, 1 gilders cushion, 2 bole brushes. 1 gilders knife, 1 gilder’s tip, 1 mop (choose "Class plus tools" for your shopping cart).



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