Gilded forging transforms gates, gratings and railings into a real treasure
Combining multiple forms of hand craftsmanship – Forges and gold-beaters can look back on centuries of shared tradition. The combination of the two materials, gold and iron, creates unique and elegant works of art. The creation of delicate gratings, gates and railings from solid iron is truly fascinating. The gilding of these artistic pieces with gold leaf also requires a good understanding of form, run and colour design. Here gold leaf should be applied mainly to the special details of the forging, providing accents to highlight the forger’s technical ability. The use of brackets is considered a “necessary evil” when forging, and here gilding should be applied sparingly.
Durable gilding for forgings
In order to apply durable gilding to forgings, a sound knowledge of how to protect iron from corrosion is required. Consideration should also be given to the layering of lacquer on the areas to be gilded. The correct adhesive for oil gilding and the suitable type of gold leaf, at least 23.5 carat, are essential to achieving a perfect result. The gold leaf thickness can, in specific cases, be an important factor in determining the durability of gilding work.
A thin film of glue to prevent the wear of the gold leaf layer
If you wish to ensure the long-term durability of the gilding, then not only does good workmanship play an important role, but so too does the installation location of the forging. If objects are installed in locations that host large gatherings of people, then the wear of the gold leaf layer cannot be avoided on account of the inevitable frequent contact. Gilding is much less susceptible to scratching if the adhesive layer is applied in a particularly thin layer when oil gilding.