Rendering a gold leaf house address on site
The 2126 gold leaf house address was created and installed by Designs & Signs in Washington, DC.
More often than not, transoms are large, which permits ample natural light to enter. However, this particular transom above the entry door is relatively short and narrow. This small transom size increases the importance of the exact placement of the address.
The history of gilding
Gilding is the art of decorating the whole or parts of wood, metal, plaster, glass, or other objects with gold in leaf or powder form. The term “gilding” also applies silver, palladium, aluminum, and copper alloys to surfaces. Ancient Egyptians were master gilders. One can witness this fact by observing the overlays of thin gold leaf on their royal mummy cases and furniture in museums. The Chinese have also ornamented wood, pottery, and textiles with beautiful designs in gold for centuries. The Greeks gilded wood, masonry, and marble sculptures. They also fire-gilded metal by applying a gold amalgam to it. In addition, artists used heat to remove the mercury, leaving a gold coating on the metal surface. As with many things, the Romans acquired from the Greeks the art that made their temples and palaces spectacular with bright gilding.
You must clean the glass before gilding.
Specific basic procedures apply to all types of gilding. For example, first, we must ready the intended surface before gilding can begin. Whenever we work on glass, we clean it first with Bon Ami soap powder. After using the soap powder, we then wipe the glass thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.
We gild with a stencil or a pounce pattern.
After preparing the surface, we apply the design to the glass with a stencil. However, we can also use a pounce pattern. Using a pounce pattern, we apply the gold leaf first, back up the letter, and apply the outline last. On the other hand, if we use a stencil, then the process is reversed. We would, in this case, apply the outline with a stencil, then we would gild the glass, and the last part would be backing up the gold leaf.
To create a surface to which the gold will adhere, the area to be gilded must be “sized.” The size applied depends on the surface to be gilded and whether the size should dry slowly or quickly. On the glass, we always use a gelatin water size. Laying the gold right away is essential when working with water size, as it will dry immediately. More specifically, the water size will dry in 30 seconds, so we have to quickly lay the gold onto the glass.
For more gold leaf house addresses by Designs & Signs, please visit the links below.
- Gold Leaf Address – Washington DC – 1645
- Gold Leaf House Numbers – 1363
- Gold Leaf Transom Numbers – 1110