Here's a nice video from the framing shop at the National Gallery about some large frames for the Titian exhibition to whet your gilding appetite.This is fascinating. When I was in class, this was the most difficult thing I tried. But it's also the one thing I want to get back into (gilding).
Last day of gilding tomorrow, then there's loads of punchwork and a bit of egg tempera to do. The whole thing weighs 13kg and I don't think it'll get any heavier unless I put a marble or plaster relief in it, then it'll need some beefing up.Really starting to show the details now the gilding is almost done ( or is it ), out of curiosity just how much will the finished piece weigh ?.
I assume they used the Dragon Blood Tree - Dracaena cinnabariDragons blood, apparently. Quite where they found all the dragons is anyones guess.
I've used about £1000 on materials and tools.This is a truly amazing piece of work - absolutely glorious!
If I could ask some crude questions please?
How much do you think you've spent on special materials and tools and how many hours a) working on it and b) researching around it?
My only intention was to produce the frame as a research project and I have not thought a great deal about what to do with it afterwards. It doesn't go with the rest of the house, although they are from the same period, so it'll live in the workshop for a while if I can find a space for it.I don’t think you have mentioned it yet but is there an intended picture to be mounted in the frame? I fully understand this is about the frame and manufacturing techniques but it is at the end of the day a frame for a picture and it got me wondering what your final intentions for the frame are.