RESTORATION OF WOODEN GILDED FRAMES
Techniques, tools , vocabulary and products employed at Almaflo are the same as
the ones in use in the 17th century. All the basic products are developed and made
in the studio.
- Until the 18th century the water gilding (distemper) objects were often gilded with
fine gold leaf. This technique applied on carved wood requires twenty successive
operations. The final step is the browning of the gold (by polishing it with
the agate stone) when all the fineness and details of the object are highlighted
and given high reflectivity.
- The oil gilding. Combining water gilding and oil gilding commonly gilded the objects
dating after the 19th century.
The combination of the two techniques, the water gilding on the browned parts
and oil gilding on the matt areas, has a better result in emphasizing the volumes
of the moulded ornaments.