Gilding & Restoration Services

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What Is Gilding?

Gilding is the application of thin sheets of metal (often genuine gold) as a means of surface decoration. Gilding is commonly seen on decorative items such as picture frames, mirrors, furniture, and fine art such as illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and icons. Architectural uses include interior and exterior applications and signage. There are two primary methods of gilding – water gilding and oil gilding.  For more information, visit the Society of Gilders.

Our Services:

  • Conservation, restoration, repair, and gilding of aging picture frames and furniture items.
  • We also hand-build new custom frames and finish them with fine gilding.
  • We can create contemporary style frames, or replicate antique frames hundreds of years old.

Our experience includes fine gilded finishes on architectural and sculpture projects, both indoor and outdoor applications. Within these projects, we have employed every kindof leaf, from genuine gold and silver, to metal leaf (i.e. composition gold, copper, variegated, and aluminum).

Past and Present Clients:

  • The Parthenon’s Athena
  • Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • Nashville’s Frist Center Museum
  • The Musica Statue at the Music City Round-About
  • Tennessee State Museum
  • Tennessee State Capitol
  • Cheekwood Fine Arts Center
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Belle Meade Mansion
  • Two Rivers Mansion
  • The Filson Club of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Numerous private homes and businesses throughout the Southeast

Reed’s Gold Leaf are long-time members of the Society of Gilders and have served on the organization’s board.

 

Portfolio

Frame Restoration & Gilding

Belle Meade Plantation

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Busch Estate - We were able to save the finish on the major parts of this frame, make needed repairs and match new gilding to the original gilded finish.

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Harry Hill Painting Frame - We saved the original gilding on this frame, made necessary repairs which included having the calligraphy re-painted on the liner. Then touched up the finish to match the original finish.

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Mirror Frame

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Oval Frame

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Architectural Gilding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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 White Hall Pier Mirror

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Clover Leaf Bank Spire

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Mirrored Wall

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Aluminum Leafed Wall

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Dining Room Ceiling – Fisher Island, Miami

Ceiling - Fisher Island

Work in progress.

Ceiling - Fisher Island, Miami

Gilding complete.

Dining Room Ceiling finished, Fisher Island, Miami

Dining Room Ceiling gilded in 6 karat gold, which looks like warm silver.

Foyer Ceiling – Fisher Island, Miami

Work in progress

Work in progress

 

 

Ceiling finished. Gilded in 6 karat which looks like warm silver.

Complete, gilded with 6 karat gold. Looks like warm silver.

 

Sculpture Gilding

Athena at Nashville’s Parthenon

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Nashville’s “Musica” Statue

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Bird - This bird is one of 3 that we gilded that are a part of a sculpture for the TN Governor’s Mansion

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Furniture Gilding

Chair

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Crown

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Chandelier

Chandelier

 

Belle Meade Plantation Cornices

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Verre Eglomise (Glass Gilding)

Verre Eglomise is the art of reverse painting on glass. It also incorporates gilding on part or all of the glass.

Decorative Glass

Decorative glass

Signage

Signage

Kitchen Backsplash - The backsplash is done in aluminum leaf oil size gilded on the glass. Glass back splash can be attached with hardware or attached to the sub straight with mastic if you do not wish to show hardware.

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Additional Examples - Shown here are just a few samples of what can be done. Almost any design can be incorperated into Verre Eglomise.

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Hand Built Frames

This frame was built to replicate a frame which could not be repaired or saved. Process photos include the finished frame, the original frame parts used to mold ornamental elements from and the process of putting the frame together, and the finishing process.

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Another example:

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  • Frame Restoration & Gilding

    Frame Restoration & Gilding

  • Architectural Gilding

    Architectural Gilding

  • Sculpture Gilding

    Sculpture Gilding

  • Furniture Gilding

    Furniture Gilding

  • Verre Eglomise (Glass Gilding)

    Verre Eglomise (Glass Gilding)

  • Hand Built Frames

    Hand Built Frames

Gilding Supplies & Instruction

Restoration and Gilding Supplies

Please note: Prices listed are subject to change at any time without notice. If you don’t see an item you’re looking for, give us a call as we may be able to get it for you. For ordering and all other inquiries call us at (615) 294-6113.

Metal Leaf:

Appx.  5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

25 leaves/book… 20 books/pkg.=(500) leaves

  •  Copper; Call for Price
  • Variegated Red; Call for Price
  • Variegated Blue; Call for Price

Bulk Metal Leaf:

Appx. 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″

  • Italian Schlag Bulk - 10,000 shts=950.00 BoxItalian Schlag Bulk - 500 shts=80.00/section
  • Aluminum Bulk - 5,000 shts=690.00 Box
  • Aluminum Bulk - 500 shts=85.00/section

Genuine Silver and Gold Leaf:

3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ leaves

25 leaves/book… 20 books/pkg (500) leaves

  • Silver; Call for Price
  • 24K Gold; Call for Price
  • 23.75K Deep Double Gold; Call for Price
  • 23K Deep Gold; Call for Price
  • 23K Patent; Call for Price
  • 22K Deep Gold; Call for Price
  • 22K Patent; Call for Price
  • 18K Lemon Gold; Call for Price
  • 12K White Gold; Call for Price
  • Palladium; Call for Price

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Gilding Materials:

  • Wunda Gold Size: Water Base-15 min. to 3 hr.
  • 15.00 pint 22.00 Qt. 32.00 Gal.
  • LeFranc Mixtion Size: Oil, 3hour
  • 75ml.=9.00; 1 Ltr.=55.00
  • LeFranc Mixtion Size: Oil, 12hour
  • 250ml.=25.00; 1 Ltr.=55.00
  • Rolco Slow Oil Size: 1 pint=25.00
  • Gilder’s Mop: - Call for Sizes & Prices
  • 250g Shellac Flakes: Light or Dark 40.00
  • 1 lb. Rabbit Skin Glue: (Pebbles) 22.00
  • Horse Hair Cloth: 10.00
  • 3.5″ Gilder’s Tip: Call for Sizes & Prices
  • Gilder’s Pillow: 110.00
  • Gilder’s Knife: Double Edge 40.00
  • Agate Burnishers: Assorted styles, sizes 1-18,
  • Please call for details on agate burnishers.

Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • Quick Wood Epoxy Putty: 9.00
  • Sil-Tech Modeling Putty: 175.00/5kg pail
  • Whiting: 11.00 per lb.
  • Rotten Stone: 25.00 – 17.6 oz. (500g)
  • Liberon Black Bison Wax: – clear 32.00; 500ml.
  • Preval Sprayer: (sprayer unit only); 10.00

Instruction

Material:

  • SIMPLE GUIDE TO GOLD LEAFING by Lou Reed 12.00
  • THE GILDERS MANUAL – Society of Gilders 18.00

Classes:

Our instructor, Micki Cavanah, teaches all facets of restoration and gilding. Classes are geared toward the individual student’s choice of subjects. Classes are one on one and dates can be scheduled according to your needs. Tuition is $450 per day, per student. Experience has shown that a 2 to 3 day class will suffice for almost any student. Contact Micki for more information.

About Us

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Reed’s Gold Leaf Studios began from within the original family picture framing business, Reed’s Custom Framing. The frame shop opened its doors in 1968, started by Micki Cavanah’s parents, Don and Lou Reed. One of the local clients stated that he had been traveling to Atlanta, GA for all of his gilding needs. Finding it difficult to turn a client away for such services, Lou decided the natural thing to do would be to learn about gilding. At that time, there were very few gilders, and even fewer sources of instruction. It seemed that gilding was becoming a dying art. However, through perseverance, Lou learned the craft of gilding and restoration. She passed along her knowledge to many others through the years, including Micki and her husband, Mitchell Cavanah. For more than 20 years, Micki and Mitchell have continued the fine tradition of gilding that came from such humble beginnings.

Micki and Mitchell are long-time members of the prestigious Society of Gilders of which Micki currently serves as Vice-President. Both are well-respected educators in the arts of restoration, gilding, and the design and creation of one-of-a-kind, museum quality picture frames.

Contact

Reed’s Gold Leaf Studios
Micki & Mitchell Cavanah

713 Tuckahoe Drive
Madison, TN 37115-3430

(615) 865-6572
(615) 294-6113

info@reedsgoldleaf.com

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