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Gilding Demonstrations with Aidan Hart

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Sanding our icon boards

In this session, Aidan explained and demonstrated the two different techniques for gilding icons: water and oil gilding.

Two of our fellow students were absent due to close family bereavements so this time round I have filmed the demonstrations as gilding is quite tricky and this way, we can all refer back to the demonstrations later.

The following clips capture parts of the different stages of both gilding processes. The videos are pretty basic but if we watch them a few times and then read Aidan’s instructions in his book, they may help us on our way to mastering these techniques!

Homework notes etc will be on the next post.

I hope that the top link below leads to the overall play list, and the others to the individual clips.


1 Aidan Hart applying shellac for oil gilding:  http://youtu.be/7DrT1bbu0Lk

2 Aidan Hart applying bole for water gilding 1: http://youtu.be/J-dj_XkzKi0

3 Aidan Hart applying bole for water gilding 2: http://youtu.be/y4F7h21qVBI

4 Aidan Hart applying bole for water gilding part 3: http://youtu.be/H7068I-OvI4

5 Sand sand sanding the boards!: http://youtu.be/BcaoYeJTH0Q

6  Aidan Hart applying gold leaf for water gilding  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0etKCemxQYg

7 Aidan Hart burnishing gold (water gilding) http://youtu.be/9KBi92P3euM

8 Aidan Hart faulting water gilding  http://youtu.be/s6CoUJoLKYs

9 Laying size for oil gilding  http://youtu.be/gSaqvVm-xJQ

10  Removing gold from gesso  http://youtu.be/7R-c4UMFMUA

11 Oil gilding flat board  http://youtu.be/JVdI7PXZ14A

12 oil gilding kivotos  http://youtu.be/NSxTfUPISJM

13 Grinding Azurite pigment http://youtu.be/y-FHvAxwg9w