Glass Gilding – gold leaf transom numbers on antique glass in Washington, DC. The genuine 23 karat gold leaf is applied by hand. The black outline and or shadow is painted. The gold is also backed up from behind with protective black backing paint. With proper care these gold leaf numbers will last a life time.
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Glass Gilding – Take a Closer Look…
Sometimes we get to work on antique glass, not often as most homes have had their transoms replaced during renovation. This home has it’s original glass transom. Over time glass moves like a liquid, you can see the ripples in this glass. Maybe it is 50 years old or 100 years old. I’m not an expert in that area. That being said, when we see a piece of glass with ripples in it we know it’s old.
Antique glass is usually thin so we have to prep the glass carefully, being sure to apply minimal pressure as the pane could break easily. We work with great care on the projects. We clean the glass gently and we do not use razors as they can dig into the ripples.