Right, last time we looked at over-soldering. This involved cleaning the lead, applying a flux, over-soldering and then de-greasing.
Really important: don’t touch over-soldered lead until it’s completely cold. You absolutely have to wait.
Once at that stage, you then saw us apply a patina to the lead around a phoenix.
There is a summary in today’s demonstration but you can also watch the whole thing here again if you like.
Today you’ll see a video showing you how to apply gold leaf to an over-soldered saint.
Here are the steps:
- Paint the gold size (that is, a glue which is specifically used for bonding gold leaf) onto the surface of the lead.
- Wait until the size is sticky. (A “three-hour” size means it will be sticky in about 3 hours. You can also get “eight-hour” and “12-hour” sizes.)
- Apply the gold leaf.
- Leave the size to dry completely. This takes about a day.
- Tidy up any messy edges.
- To protect the gold leaf, apply a metal varnish and allow this to dry.
And that’s pretty much it.
Since it’s often easier to learn by watching, just sit back, relax and watch the show:
Now you might wonder if we’ve ever done this for real on any of our larger projects.
And the answer’s “Yes”, for the literary agent’s sumptuous wall panels. He wanted something “over the top”, and that’s exactly what he got.
Here’s the one called “Earth”:
Techniques are good servants and bad masters.
Therefore it’s important to use them judiciously and appropriately – and not just “because one can” (which can result in some nasty excesses, that’s for sure).
Now that you see how it’s done, maybe one day you too will find a good use for gilding.
So thanks for joining us here today.
Next time – “spurious precision”.
Yes, I’ve been looking forward to this topic for simply ages.
It’s what caused the recent and ongoing financial crash.
And it’s also relevant to stained glass painting.
Worried? (For my sanity, I mean.)
Don’t be. Speak soon.
All the best,
P.S. For a complete list of downloads, just click right here.
And to discover the proven techniques of silver staining like you see on the back of the saint’s head, click here. It’s all in “Silver Stain – How You Can Trace, Blend, Shade and Flood from a Reliable Batch that lasts for Months (and Why Water or Vinegar are no Good for This)”. How much money and time are you wasting by not knowing these proven insider techniques?