Golden notes: comments on the Icon 2018 Practical Gilding Course

This week’s blog comes from Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio, PhD student in History of Art, who recently attended the 3-day Practical Gilding Course organised by Icon Scotland in September 2018…

As part of the activities organised by the Scotland Group of the Institute of Conservation (Icon), the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History (CTCTAH), University of Glasgow had the privilege to host a 3-day practical gilding course, between the 3rd and 5th of September 2018. Taught by the Head Frames Conservator of the Royal Museums Greenwich, Tim Ritson, and attended by a diverse group of 11 conservators and 2 students from Australia, Canada, England, France, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland and Wales, the course aimed to familiarise the participants with the materials and techniques of the two traditional methods of gilding: water based, and oil based.

Conservator Tim Ritson applying a layer of white size (diluted rabbit skin glue with chalk). Image credit: Daniel Sanchez

Conservator Tim Ritson applying a layer of white size (diluted rabbit skin glue with chalk). Image credit: Daniel Sanchez

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