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A note for search engine users: another term for gilding is gold leafing. Guilding is a misspelled version of the same word, it is common but incorrect.

Gilding Courses

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Learn traditional water gilding techniques in our studio. The studio is recognized by the Florentine Chamber of Commerce and by the Region of Tuscany as a Master Artisan studio.

 Introductory Gilding
Dates and prices

Example projects:

Course objectives:
Learn the basics of traditional water gilding the historically correct Florentine way.
Save yourself many hours of experimentation by studying with an expert on gilding and restoration.

Course description:
Course participants learn the basics of water gilding with 22 karat leaf, dutch metal leaf, and silver leaf. The course also covers the use of gold size, and decorative techniques involving the finishing, oxidizing, toning and antiquing of gilded surfaces.

learn how to use traditional gilding tools.
teachers pass on tried and true methods to obtain beautifully gilded surfaces.

The courses take place within our artisan studio where we gild and finish fine furniture and restore antiques so that students can observe and learn from their surroundings as well as from the teaching.

Project pieces to take home are small frames and trays which are provided by the studio. All other course materials with the exception of real gold leaf are provided for the duration of the course. You can purchase books of 22K leaf from the studio at wholesale prices or bring your own

Instructor: Roberto Passeri or Alison Woolley. Read more about the teachers


 Advanced Gilding
Dates and prices

Example projects:

gilded frame
A small but complex frame water gilded with  24K gold.
graffito technique
Example of the graffito technique.

Example of bulinatura decoration.
pastiglia technique
Samples of the pastiglia techniques.
silver-leafed oxidized frame
Antiquing techniques using oxidation.

Course objectives:
Deepen your knowledge of water gilding techniques with specific emphasis on decorative techniques and restoration

Course description:
Course participants further their knowledge of the techniques of Italian water gilding with gold and silver leaf. Students who wish to enroll in this course should have taken the introductory course, or have some previous experience with water gilding.

Learn the following techniques:
antiquing and application of patina
oxidation of silver leaf
restoration of pastiglia on frames

The teacher is highly qualified with many years of practical experience. He can guide you past many pitfalls with his careful techniques that are tried and true. The skills learned are useful in the field of antique restoration, or can be employed in the creation of high quality originals.

Please note: Gold leaf must be purchased separately from the studio and is available at wholesale prices; alternately you can bring your own.

Instructors: Roberto Passeri,Emiliano Poli or Alison Woolley. Read more about the teachers

   Courses list | Schedule & fees | How to register | About the teachers | Accommodation

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Please keep in mind that August is a traditional summer break in Italy. Many schools, artisan workshops, businesses, etc. may be closed, therefore some courses and the Artisan Quarter tour may not be available during that month. Check Italian public holidays before you plan your trip.

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