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How To Gild a Frame

Restoration-quality gold leafing is a time-consuming process. The stages of restoration include gesso finish, bole finish, gold-leaf application and reduced or burnished finished.

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Materials

  • gesso
  • wooden picture frame
  • shellac
  • boles
  • gilding liqueur
  • gold leaf
  • rabbit skin glue

Tools

  • brush
  • fine-grit sandpaper
  • steel wool
  • agate-tip burnisher

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