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Governor’S Palace C O A Gilding 2000


Gilding of Coat of Arms on exterior of Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, VA.

Gilding of Coat of Arms on exterior of Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, VA.

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  • 1. Governor’s Palace - 2000
    Gilding of exterior wood-carved Coat of Arms
    Pictures are a little blurry because they are scanned images. The last slide is a professional photo copied from the internet.
  • 2. Our little “house” that the carpenters framed in on top of scaffolding.
  • 3. Phil…looks like he might have had a few last night. It had also snowed the night before. Thank God we had heaters in there!
  • 4. Checking things out.
  • 5. A lot of scraping, sanding, & cleaning to do before we can start applying the paint that the gold will stick to. It’s in pretty bad shape and needs some minor repairs.
  • 6. Joe Camacho. He’s the sign painter that I replaced. I had a good year’s study under him before he retired. He was a lot of fun to work with…always in a good mood, no matter what the task ahead was.
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  • 8. The unicorn will be gilded with aluminum leaf. There is actually silver leaf but it, as all silver, tarnishes.
  • 9. I discovered that a carpet knife worked best because of the way it curves. It was a painstaking process.
  • 10. The best part of gilding is reading while the paint dries! Just have the dry floppy brush ready to tamp on the gold.
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  • 12. You have to constantly check the paint for the right amount of tack. The unicorn’s paint base is white for the aluminum gild. He still gets some gold accents though.
  • 13. Tamping on the gold leaf.
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  • 16. Joe adds color to the crown.
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  • 18. The unveiling!
  • 19. TADA! The finished product!