furniture. Saturday , October 28th , 2017 - 22:06:11 PM
The finish is very important: while the craftsmanship put into the hidden construction renders the piece strong and functional, it is the finish that is visible. All wood is sanded to a very smooth finish and then, if the wood is to be stained to a specific shade, a preselected stain is applied by hand. Stains should be applied in thin coats, with a fine sanding between coats, until the final depth of shade required is attained.
We started in 1981 with a bricks and mortar store. We went through the good times and the bad times and back to the good times again. About 8 years ago we decided to give online a shot which took off, it got very good. Irish people got used to it but I dont think it has reached its full potential in this country by any means, its probably a lot bigger in the U.K. but there is still a lot of potential in this country so we are studying it.
Old gold leaf antiques can be cleaned with water containing a few drops of ammonia. New gold leaf can be bought in plain sheets, or in transfers that have a tissue backing. The transfer sheets are much easier to use than the plain sheets. When applying gold leaf to a restored area, make sure that the surface is clean and dry. Paint the base with Japan gold size and leave it to get 'tacky'. Lay the sheets in place, slightly overlapping at the edges; rub them down carefully, following the direction of the overlap, with a clean cotton cloth until the edges blend evenly together. The knack is to lay the sheets on the surface when the size has reached the correct degree of 'tackiness'. If the size is too wet, the leaf crinkles; if it is too dry, the leaf will not stick.
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