This mirror was created using silver leaf behind glass, which was then distressed to make it look antique. The “frame” around the mirror was made entirely from paper, covered with 23k gold leaf. The whole piece is about 4″ x 6″. It is set into a black wood shadow-box frame lined with black velvet. To my delight, this piece was purchased by a fellow gilder – a great compliment.
This famous memorial to American bravery needed to be re-gilded. The Society of Gilders donated our labor and some materials to work together on this community service project for the National Park Service. We worked for several days under the guidance of Michael Kramer and the Gilders’ Studio. That’s me on the ground level and in profile – I didn’t want to work on a ladder!
The Goddess of Electricity
This statue, dedicated to Marconi, stands in Washington, DC. It belongs to the National Park Service, and had become very worn and lost the original gilding. As a community service project, the Society of Gilders worked together to gild the entire memorial anew. We donated our time and labor. Here are several views, before and after. Most photos by Michael Kramer of the Gilders Studio. That’s me, up on the scaffolding.
This gilding was commissioned by a neighborhood in Jamestown, RI. The engraved letters were not visible from the road, so they asked me to gild it. I used 23k gold on oil size. The job was made very difficult by the fact that there was a strong ocean breeze the entire time I was working! However, everyone was pleased with the final result.