THE ART OF WATER GILDING

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A traditional technique that results in a stunning gold mirror finish. 

Traditional water gilding dates back to the Renaissance period and is a skill that has been passed down amongst craftsmen for several hundred years. The process involves applying loose gold leaves, which are thin sheets of hammered gold, onto glass using a gilders tip. The gold is adhered to the glass using a water size. Due to the fragility of the gold leaf, water gilding is a skill that requires care and a steady hand; one quick move and the gold can fly away!