Gilding is an ancient craft first developed by the Egyptians. The word gilding means laying leaf - be it - gold, silver, white gold, copper etc. Any nonporous surface can be decorated. Leaf can also be used in cooking to decorate - used primarily in Indian cuisine.
The art of gilding on glass is called Verre Eglomise - the technique dates back to pre- Roman eras, but its name is derived from C18th French decorator Jean Baptiste Glomy (1711 - 1786) who is responsible for its revival.
Carol studied Gilding & Fine Art restoration at the Bimington School of Gilding & Faux Finishes, London. She has worked for the top antique dealers and furniture historians in Ireland for the past 25 years. In recent years Carol has developed a range of contemporary gilded mirrors - once again using leaf, paint finishes & neon. These are usually on commission and made to measure.