Featured Class

Gilding Restoration Workshop

Weekend of April 25-26, 2020 (Saturday 9.00am-4.00pm, Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm)

Designed for collectors, restorers, homeowners, and dealers alike, this weekend-long workshop will focus on the restoration and conservation of gilded surfaces including frames, furniture, and architectural elements. We will review the basics of traditional water gilding and oil gilding techniques. Emphasis will be placed on identifying different types of gilding, including toned silver leaf gilding. Tools and materials will be reviewed. Replacement of missing ornamental elements through molding and casting techniques will be demonstrated. The visual integration of losses will be discussed as well as appropriate materials and techniques for toning and application of patina.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful antique restoration class that you held this weekend. I enjoyed learning about shellac and all the best practices that you have both amassed over your years of working with antiques. It was a lot of fun for me. I made it home ok with my couch and look forward to starting to work on it early next year.

Annemarie Gucwa