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My New Project - Gold and silver leaf antique finish chess board

6 April 2020

I am working a a new project using a deliberately adopted random technique while applying gold and silver leaf. Traditionally when guilding with pure gold leaf, the leaf is laid over an Armenian Bole (red in colour) adhesive. This produces a worn antique finish, following on from the 'beauty in imperfection' thoughts that are behind my interest in rust.

The gaps where the red shows through are known as 'holidays'. It is an attractive finish and the method I have used to create the board contrasts alternate squares in red with gold and blue with silver.

This theme will follow through with the decoration of the chess pieces.

Gold and silver leaf chess board

The project is part of a campaign to revive and protect critically endangered traditional techniques of craft skills, a drive launched by the Heritage Crafts Association.



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