of embellishing objects and frames with
gold leaf dates back to as early as 1700
B.C. and continues today as a desired decorative
method suited to the most discriminating
tastes of society.
is chemically inert, it does not tarnish
and is highly malleable, allowing it to
be beaten into leaves one-quarter of a millionth
of an inch thick. Water gilded frames are
easily recognized by their transparancy
and brilliance and the characteristic overlapping
of the gold leaves.
The process involves tissue-thin sheets
of gold applied to a surface prepared with
gesso ground, a plaster-like layer used
to fill all imperfections in the wood and
carved areas of the raw frame. Then a bole,
a refined clay-like material helps smooth
out the gesso surface. Many layers of the
bole are applied. The final layers are hand
rubbed to create as smooth a surface as
possible for the gold leaf to be applied.
Next the surface is wetted in small areas
by "gilders liquor," a water-alcohol solution
which activates the adhering qualities of
The gold leaf is then burnished to a brilliant,
polished appearance, so bright, in fact,
that in ancient days before electricity,
the purpose of this brilliance was to reflect
the candlelight, adding illumination to
are sprayed with Gesso and Clay to give
the Gold it's brilliant luster. Every one
of our Frames are hand carved, if desired,
any unique design can be achieved, as well
as any design you would like simulated.
All frames are shipped via UPS through the
Continental United States. Other shipping
options are available upon Request. Free
delivery in New England available contingent
on order amount.