Iconography Guide

St. John -preparation for gilding PDF Print E-mail

Before applying the gold it is necessary to isolate substrate and apply mixtion on it. Board can be further glazed by causing the layer bolus on places which still have the bumps, scratches and other irregularities. Dried bolus must be glazed with finest abrasive paper.

Board must be isolated several times with solution of shellac and alcohol. After drying board must be glazed with fine abrasive paper again.

Edges of the surface which will be gilded, we can engrave to be noticeable during the gilding. Sides of the icon are painted in a darker red color.

Edges of icon that should not be gild, can be protected by bonding adhesive paper tape. Shellac is carefully wiped free of dust. After that we applied mixtion-adhesive for gold, based on hemp oil. You must be careful not to cross the border of drawing and not to cause mixtion on surface which will be gilded.

Parts which are harder accessible we can do with pointed brush.

It is necessary to check that did not remain a part without mixtion. We can check this when we turn a board towards the source of light. Surface with mixtion will be great, and without mixtion will not. Mixtion need drying about 12 hours to be ready for the application of gold (there are species of mixtion that are ready for gilding after 3 or 6 hours).

It is necessary to ensure such conditions that dust can not fall in the mixtion. We can turn the icon upside down and relied on the place where is the color. In this position icon is protected and dust can not fall during the drying. Dust, hair, etc. is visible on the gold and spoils final impression.


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