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Wed 12 Feb, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hand Finishing Bronze Patina
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Hand Finishing Bronze Patina

First up, the underlying surface of the wood must be marble smooth. So that needs a few coats of RSG gesso and sanded back to a finest finish. Then a coat of red bole, or red oxide acrylic paint well thinned ( no brush marks). Then two good coats of clear shellac. After that it's best to use a 3 hou...
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Mon 10 Feb, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: New frame finished. Advice needed
Replies: 15
Views: 450

Re: New frame finished. Advice needed

Transparency is key to a finish with any sort of depth. Whether you use black acrylic, black oil paint, or any other sort of medium, if it contains black pigment then the finish is opaque. Which is fine if that's all you're looking for. If you want something that has an optical transparency to show ...
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Sun 09 Feb, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: New frame finished. Advice needed
Replies: 15
Views: 450

Re: New frame finished. Advice needed

I like what you're doing. A wide black frame always looks good around a small still life such as this. I think they were often referred to as cabinet frames and many of the original ones I've seen were cut from walnut or other prime hardwoods. The big problem with using a cheaper wood such as ayous ...
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Tue 28 Jan, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Topic: New frame, had a bit of an experiment.
Replies: 6
Views: 1165

Re: New frame, had a bit of an experiment.

Congratulations there, you're making and designing your own frames. And knowing how you want things to look helps enormously. It's more often the case of, "let's try a bit of this on and see what happens". I'm going to agree with fusionframer here where he feels the inner black rail distracts from t...
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Fri 17 Jan, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Where to start gilded frame restoration?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Where to start gilded frame restoration?

Polyco GL890 are the gloves I use. Always best to buy 1 size larger than you need, then they can be taken off and on for easy re-use. But don't let the Thinners near any good brushes. Use Q tips or a disposable brush.
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Fri 17 Jan, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Where to start gilded frame restoration?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Where to start gilded frame restoration?

Two things to try would be acetone and cellulose thinners. You can get both in small quantities and free-post on e-bay. Thinners is not very pleasant stuff, so I should order a box of blue vinyl disposable gloves.
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Thu 16 Jan, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Where to start gilded frame restoration?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Where to start gilded frame restoration?

RSG is short for Rabbit Skin Glue, which is just a refined grade of hide glue - no rabbits were harmed in it's production. The glue is used as a binder in gesso and bole, as well as a glue-size for use in water-gilding. It was also used to matt out fresh gilding and indeed forms one of the component...
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Thu 16 Jan, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Where to start gilded frame restoration?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Where to start gilded frame restoration?

I wouldn't say it's the best idea to use water on a gilded picture-frame, but for most of the frames we're likely to encounter these days, water is the simplest and easyest solvent to aid restoration. Cold water alone would not be enough to dissolve the RSG from that age but it's always best to do a...
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Wed 15 Jan, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Where to start gilded frame restoration?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Where to start gilded frame restoration?

The first thing to do with an old frame is to give it a good dusting with a dry brush. Indeed, on very valuable frames, this is the only preferred cleaning they should get. Next is to have a good quality "one-stroke" water colour brush ( Pro Arte Prolene 1" flat, series 106 ) and a bowl of clean col...
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Tue 14 Jan, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Where to start gilded frame restoration?
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: Where to start gilded frame restoration?

Hi Jacky The only book I ever found useful was a book called Framing and Gilding by Paul Curson. Unfortunately he's gone to Australia and taken his book with him. He showed everything you needed to know with simple and accurate descriptions and not like the usual fuzzy mentions of "a cup full of thi...
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Thu 09 Jan, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Ribbed frame
Replies: 14
Views: 412

Re: Ribbed frame

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Thu 09 Jan, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Ribbed frame
Replies: 14
Views: 412

Re: Ribbed frame

And then when you carved the gesso, the frame needs about two coats of red bole. After that, two coats of a heavily pigmented wash of raw umber/terre verte and maybe some ultra marine or cobalt blue - you'll have to experiment to get a colour match but don't use acrylics as you need to keep the fini...
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Thu 09 Jan, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Ribbed frame
Replies: 14
Views: 412

Re: Ribbed frame

NYAF describes exactly how this frame was made. Some poor sod has had to scribe into the soft gesso using a sort of home-made tool. This was obviously done on the instructions from the original artist who may or may not have gone on to be of some importance. If you did use a cmc to carve the wood th...
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Thu 02 Jan, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Business Matters
Topic: First gilt frame. Feedback please.
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: First gilt frame. Feedback please.

That's good to hear you're enjoying using Dutch leaf. You can get a much brighter gild by using loose leaf. The way to handle it is to cut the whole book into 1" or 2" strips with a pair of scissors. Then you have easily manageable pieces of loose leaf. Keep your fingertips well rouged from rubbing ...
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Tue 31 Dec, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Business Matters
Topic: First gilt frame. Feedback please.
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: First gilt frame. Feedback please.

For me - rottenstone is a no-no. I personally regard it as a lazy shortcut that contributes nothing to the colour of a frame. It's a polishing powder, not a pigment. I know what you want is for a "dust of ages" in the corners and crevices, but rottenstone is too obvious, a cliche and subtracts from ...
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Tue 31 Dec, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Business Matters
Topic: First gilt frame. Feedback please.
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: First gilt frame. Feedback please.

Well, welcome to the grievous world of leaf gilding. I'm not going to attach criticisms to any of what you've done here because I believe you will be the best critic of your work. The principal question to ask is, has the frame turned out the way you wanted it to. I can give some pointers and it's u...
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Thu 26 Dec, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mount Size Suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 634

Re: Mount Size Suggestions

Me - I don't cut mounts, so I'm not the best person to comment here. But, I fully endorse everything that has been said here, especially the two replies from Mark. Some of his best work to date. As everyone says, use your eye and even more important, educate your eye. As I said, I have no great inte...
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Sun 15 Dec, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: To bole or not to bole
Replies: 35
Views: 1643

Re: To bole or not to bole

Good to hear you're still working on it. That's a pity that you're still not convinced with the finished result. But don't worry you'll get nearer to it in the end. Perhaps remember that the reason these old frames look so beautiful is not because they are "gilded" but because they have a fine layer...
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Tue 10 Dec, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: hogarth frame
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: hogarth frame

Hello Mark I produce several varieties of the Hogarth frame and have indeed framed quite a few original "life time" engravings from Hogarth himself. I agree that many mezzotints look great in that style of frame. The gilded detail can indeed be replaced and the black repaired, depending on the finis...
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Fri 06 Dec, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bole
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: Bole

You'll be painting on bole if you want to add gilding to the gesso finish. The purpose of bole to provide a superfine surface on the gesso so that any leaf laid over it has an almost mirror like quality. And this in turn gives the gilding a bright reflective finish which can then be manipulated for ...