Governor’s Palace - 2000<br />Gilding of exterior wood-carved Coat of Arms<br />Pictures are a little blurry because they ...
Our little “house” that the carpenters framed in on top of scaffolding.<br />
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...
Checking things out.<br />
A lot of scraping, sanding, & cleaning to do before we can start applying the paint that the gold will stick to. It’s in p...
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...
The unicorn will be gilded with aluminum leaf. There is actually silver leaf but it, as all silver, tarnishes.<br />
I discovered that a carpet knife worked best because of the way it curves. It was a painstaking process.<br />
The best part of gilding is reading while the paint dries! Just have the dry floppy brush ready to tamp on the gold.<br />
You have to constantly check the paint for the right amount of tack. The unicorn’s paint base is white for the aluminum gi...
Tamping on the gold leaf.<br />
Joe adds color to the crown.<br />
The unveiling!<br />
TADA! The finished product!<br />
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Gilding of Coat of Arms on exterior of Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, VA.

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  1. 1. Governor’s Palace - 2000<br />Gilding of exterior wood-carved Coat of Arms<br />Pictures are a little blurry because they are scanned images. The last slide is a professional photo copied from the internet.<br />
  2. 2. Our little “house” that the carpenters framed in on top of scaffolding.<br />
  3. 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!<br />
  4. 4. Checking things out.<br />
  5. 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.<br />
  6. 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.<br />
  7. 7.
  8. 8. The unicorn will be gilded with aluminum leaf. There is actually silver leaf but it, as all silver, tarnishes.<br />
  9. 9. I discovered that a carpet knife worked best because of the way it curves. It was a painstaking process.<br />
  10. 10. The best part of gilding is reading while the paint dries! Just have the dry floppy brush ready to tamp on the gold.<br />
  11. 11.
  12. 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.<br />
  13. 13. Tamping on the gold leaf.<br />
  14. 14.
  15. 15.
  16. 16. Joe adds color to the crown.<br />
  17. 17.
  18. 18. The unveiling!<br />
  19. 19. TADA! The finished product!<br />

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