This one day workshop will through discussion, demonstration and hands-on will introduce the student to materials and techniques relating to the repair and restoration of gilded surfaces. Discussions will include initial analysis of the surface which will include identifying not only the obvious problem but also looking for the more subtle underlying issues as well as identifying water gilding vs mordant gilding. Developing condition reports and offering treatment recommendations for an object will be considered and the importance of photographing before during and after. Also pricing restoration and conservation of gilded surfaces will be considered.
The workshop will include topics such as cleaning gilded surfaces, paint removal, mold making, casting, removing damaged gesso, structural repairs and utilizing barrier coats as time allows. We will also through demonstration and discussion talk about gilding and toning to match existing surfaces.
Students are invited to bring an object or photo images to discuss as a group.
Price includes all materials and 4 or 5 of Peter's favorite Italian steel tools, with a value of over $125.