window Gilding for acme studio

The architecture and design studio acme commissioned me to put the finishing touches to their heavily gold themed kitchen by gilding their window. We settled on a two tone convex-style design to create some dimensionality to the piece, using 23-carat gold leaf in both a mirrored and matte style. Here are some pictures of the process:

After the outline has been painted in in black, the loose-leaf gold is applied for the mirrored sections.

After the outline has been painted in in black, the loose-leaf gold is applied for the mirrored sections.

Once the gold has dried and been burnished to a mirror finish it is backed up using enamel paint.

Once the gold has dried and been burnished to a mirror finish it is backed up using enamel paint.

Once the back-up paint is dry the excess gold can be cleaned away, leaving the mirror sections on the other side of the glass. 

Once the back-up paint is dry the excess gold can be cleaned away, leaving the mirror sections on the other side of the glass. 

Finally, the matte sections are done by applying a gold-size and then pressing the gold into the size once it has come up to a light "whistle-tack". 

Finally, the matte sections are done by applying a gold-size and then pressing the gold into the size once it has come up to a light "whistle-tack".