Wednesday, October 27, 2010
What's New in the Shop
Now that I've had the chance to see my new grandson life is back to normal -- sorta! I don't know if I'll ever become a proficient gilder, it's a difficult art but I keep plugging away. I've just used up 11 of the 20 books of gold and do have quite a number of frames to show for it. While in Seattle, I visited Charles Douglas at his Gilding Studio. We had a nice visit and I would like to take one of his 3 day workshops to get more one on one instruction on laying the gold. Practice, Practice, and more Practice is what it will take. A pack of 22 kt. gold is about $400.00 and has those 20 books. Although it's expensive, the gold is really a minor part of the operation. The preparation of the frame with 6-8 coats of gesso followed by the same number of coats of bole (clay), not to mention any carving I might try to throw in is where the cost comes in. Thankfully my labor is pretty reasonable, truth be told I couldn't afford myself! Here is a picture of two small sample pieces I'm doing at the same time, they'll be used to experiment with the toning process once I complete the two 16 x 20 frames that are in the works.