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Our community service projects provide a unique opportunity for our members, combining hands on training outside the classroom with professionals in the field and the chance to help strengthen both our gilding community and communities in need.  Take advantage of these exceptional opportunities to spend time with other gilders, further your gilding knowledge and support your Society of Gilders.

A History of Gold, Humans and Why Recycling is Vital by Gwen Watson

09/21/2022 – 09/21/2022

80 Broadway St

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Iterus zalmoxis ‘Great Blue Zamoxis’ by Gwen Watson

This half-day class will review the human history of gold use, its procurement from the earth, gold leaf production and the many ways to easily recycle your gold. Knowing where and how your materials come from add to your enjoyment and knowledge of gold. The bucks you’ll make recycling will add to your bottom line AND allow you to buff your halo for recycling. You’ll add to your ouevre of history knowledge, learn techniques of gold leaf recycling and have information for what to do with your skewings (excess gold leaf!). We’ll talk about how to use this information as a sales tool as well.

Class fee: Members $100/ non-members $125

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The class will be taught by Gwen Watson, a hippie artist who’s been recycling nearly forever. Her specialty with gold leaf is Verre Églomisé. Her fine art pieces are found in collections across the globe. Be inspired at: www.glwatsonart.com


University of Texas at Arlington 2017

Two Community Projects were undertaken: Interior work at the University Hospital Chapel and exterior work on a horse mascot.

In the Chapel, a half-dome in the ceiling, a sculptural piece, and the front of the altar were all gilded.

The University of Texas at Arlington horse mascot was entirely gilded and then had a chatoyant stenciled pattern (think something akin to spun centers). It was then be toned and waxed.

All work was done on site in genuine gold leaf using LeFranc slow oil size. The Chapel ceiling and top of the sculpture was done from scaffolding (not tall, but via a stationary platform with guardrails, etc.)

The ceiling and horse were gilded with patent leaf; there was a combination of patent and loose leaf on the sculptural elements.