Our Finishes

Gilding

Water Gilded

 

Hand Finishing

Hand Finishing

 

Framers Brushes

Tools Of The Trade

This is one of Art Hire Framing’s areas of expertise. There are so many different combinations and textures it is impossible to list them all, but here are a few of the most popular.

Gesso : This is a specialist plaster formula that has been at the core of framing since the Italian Renaissance. It is applied in layers and then water polished to create a super smooth surface that can either be painted or have layers of a clay bole applied that can then be gilded.

Water Gilding : Art Hire are one of the few framers in Scotland that have the craftsmen to offer this highly skilled service. This is where we take the boled gesso frame and lay wafer thin sheets of either 23.5c gold, 13.6c white gold or moon gold leaf to the frame. The frame is then burnished with an agate stone to give a highly polished finish, then usually cut back to give a more distressed look.

Metal Leaf: Given the constant rise in the price of gold it is hardly surprising that this gold leaf substitute has become more popular in recent years. Properly applied it can be hard to tell the difference with un-burnished gold leaf.

Painted: This offers an endless range of coloured finished to tie in with any artwork. 2 coats of acrylic gesso are applied followed by 2 coats of our special paint mixture and then a coat of wax to give a tough finish. Darker waxes can be applied to tone down or distress the frame.

Gilded and Painted: Spectacular finishes can be achieved by combining leaf and paint especially when the gesso is textured.

Stained:  Bare wood with a coat of stain and then waxed is one of the simplest and most effective forms of framing giving a lovely natural finish

Waxed: Bare wood frames with a strong grain like ash and oak look stunning with just a natural or dark bees wax finish applied.

Pre- finished frames: Art Hire carry a small core range of these frames that your average “High Street” framer depend upon but have access to thousands more.

Specialist Frames

Specialist Frames

 

Distressed Gold Leaf

Distressed Gold Leaf

 

Gilded & Painted Frame

Gilded & Painted Frame