Frame Repair/Restoration and Touch Up – Mitch and Micki Cavanah

Dates: August 5,6 – This is a 2 day class
Class Price: $565.00
Minimum 3 Student
Max. 10 Students

About the class:

This class will cover the basics of repair/restoration for picture frames along with touching up various finishes, including gilded finishes. We will cover how to properly evaluate a frame for structural damage, loss of ornamentation, and surface stabilization. We will discuss and demonstrate how to attach a cradle to the back of a frame.

Students will learn how to repair and re-create missing compo ornament, creating molds/ castings, and then finishing repaired areas. We will cover the filling in of ornamented areas as well as smooth areas. We will then cover touch up of repaired areas using gold leaf as well as other products and methods to match the patina of the antique piece. Students will work on supplied antique frames in class and are welcome to bring their own small frame to be worked on in the classroom if they wish.



Materials included in price:

  • Sculpting tools
  • Sanding tools
  • Filler products
  • Glues
  • Mold making materials
  • Touch-up materials

Instructions, notes and recipes will be provided to students.
In addition to the materials provided in class, the instructor recommends bringing :
Apron, latex gloves, small tack hammer, chisel(s), utility knife, detail paint brushes, and any other items  you are familiar with using. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes/clothing. Basic printed instructions will be supplied, however we recommend that students are prepared to take notes. Photography/video will be allowed and is encouraged.

Please contact instructor for details

About the teachers:

Micki Reed Cavanah is the owner of Reed’s Gold Leaf Studios. Micki and her husband Mitchell are second generation gilders/restorers. With over 60 years combined experience, together they are dedicated to the craft of conservation and restoration of fine art picture frames and other gilded objects. Their clients are located all over the Southeast, and include historic homes, fine art museums, galleries, colleges/universities, as well as many private collections.

RGL also offers new handcrafted frames, gilded signage, Verre Eglomise, and antiqued hand-made mirrors. Together they care for all matters related to the business, including pricing, project scheduling, and client relationships. They work on gilding projects both inside and outside the studio. They also teach gilding, from beginner classes to more advanced water gilding as well as repair/restoration of picture frames, and glass gilding. Classes are one on one with the student either at their studio or on location. For more information about Reed’s Gold Leaf Studios and to see examples of our work, visit our website at