The word gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone or metal to give a thin coating of gold. These gilding techniques are employed especially in framemaking, cabinet making, decorative painting and interior decoration. The process of gilding wood with thin shets of gold called gold leaf, is the same process used since ancient times, and it requires a high level of skill to be perfected.
Among many forms of gilding (e.g. mechanical, chemical, fire gilding, cold gilding), the most popular are oil and water gilding, which are very different processes that offer distinctly different results, we use both techniques in depending on the requirement of the client with the specific nuances of the piece.
The majority of gilded furniture and frames are made of wood that have been coated with material made of chalk and glue that is applied when hot,commonly known as ‘gesso’. The ability to apply ‘ gesso’ very thinly over detailed carving plus the ability to build these layers into a thick coat, which allows the layer it self to be carved , known as ‘ cut gesso’, makes it a versatile material for skilled gilders.