Gilding and Glazing:
Ornamentation Restored to Life
With gilding, Nora Biehle begins by painting surfaces with grey, red, or yellow oxide Gesso as a base, followed by Size adhesive. Then she delicately places sheets of gold or silver metal leaf on top. Afterward, she gently rubs the surface, finishing with a coat of varnish.
For glazing, Nora cleans the object or surface, then carefully applies base color, followed by a glaze. This adds dimensionality and depth to objects that once appeared dull. Materials such as plaster relief appear to be made of metal or even stone.