Most common damages to frames and mirrors are broken mouldings and missing ornaments.
Techniques and products used to restore frames, mirrors, clocks, candlesticks, barometers and other wood gilded items are very much unchanged since the 17th century.
The art of restoring and gilding requires precise and meticulous work, patience and, of course, experience.
Usually frame conservation and restoration, involve:
- Restoring cracks and damaged ornaments
- Moulding and re-carving broken and missing parts
- Applying red clay
- Applying gold leaves with the water gilding technique (22 carats)
- Burnishing the 22ct gold leaves with agate stone
- Applying patina in order to harmonize new with old elements to match original finish.
My aim is to carefully restore the gilded objects entrusted to me and give them back their original aspect to be enjoyed for many years to come.