Finally, gilding can begin. Wooden components have been gessoed and are being water gilded. Some metal components are also gessoed and water gilded, some painted and oil gilded, some with a combination of both techniques.


Water gilding components

After gesso, clay (bole) is applied as a base for the gilding.

Yellow clay


Water gilding

Gilded elements will receive touch up and a coat of shellac.

Shield Trumpet
Shields Acorn

The curved arms are gessoed and water gilded on the brass arm; the white metal section is painted to simulate bole, then oil gilded.

Painted arm

Gilded Arm

Bobeches gilded



gilded bobeches


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Last Update:May 31, 2020