Front Range Frames

Gilded Finishes - Water-Gilding

Water-gilding is the "Rolls Royce" of gilded finishes. Traditional water gilding requires the bare frame to be prepared with several layers of true gesso, followed by up to 10 layers of a burnishing clay. We then lay the leaf using an "adhesive" of water and alcohol - as the clay dries, it pulls the gold down into it, thereby adhering the leaf to the frame.

Water gilding tends to have a lighter, brighter look than oil gilding. When rubbed, a water-gilded frame reveals the natural "lay lines" of the gold leaf, adding a decorative element to the frame.

We offer water-gilding in several colors of bole/ground (black, red, brown, plum, yellow ochre, blue, gray) with gold purities in 23kt and 12kt.


Florence with water gilded inner and outer edges

Florence with water-gilded inner lip and outer edge.



Verona 2 with elm burl and 18kt gold

Verona 2 in 18 kt gold with elm burl and heavy antiquing.

Verona2, Watergilded with black panel, Italian Finish

Verona 2 in water gilding, 22kt, black panel, Italian Finish.

Water gilded verona 2, Burl Panel, Italian Finish

Verona2, water-gilded 23kt gold, elm burl panel, Italian Finish
(painting courtesy Dan Young, www.danyoungstudio.com)



Masina, full, watergilding

Masina, water-gilded 23kt, med rub, med muting, flyspecs





Verona3, Water-gilded 23 kt, Madrona Burl, routed edges, light flyspecs (painting courtesy Nancy Rynes)





Verona3, Water-gilded 23 kt, Madrona Burl, routed edges, light flyspecs (detail of above frame)