Heritage Restoration Craft Skills for Painting, Furniture and Interiors

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Heritage Restoration Craft Skills for Painting, Furniture and Interiors:

The gilding will focus on water gilding but oil gilding and verre eglomisé (gilding on glass) will also be covered. Japanning and varnishing will look at the traditions of Chinoiserie decoration and the historic resins and varnishes that were used, in addition to modern materials. French polishing will look at the traditional methods to apply a beautiful shellac finish to wooden furniture using a polishing ‘rubber’ or ‘mouse’. Use of egg tempera will visit the methods and materials of medieval panel paintings and look at modern takes on this venerable painting technique.

By the end of this practical course, you will have gained an understanding of the materials, processes and techniques of a range of traditional craft skills, which you will be able to use either as part of your hobby or in a professional setting if you are already involved in restoration work.

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This course will appeal to anyone who has an interest in historic craft skills and their application. Don’t worry if you have never picked up a paintbrush before but equally the course will appeal to those with some grounding in craft but who need to hone their skills or branch out with new ones. The course will be of particular interest to those in the heritage and conservation/restoration industries, in addition, interior decorators and fine artists looking to diversify and increase their earning potential will find the course useful. From previous experience and feedback, the course should also appeal to those pursuing entirely different careers who wish to get ‘hands-on’ for a few days by way of a change.

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Start Date: Tue 01st October 2019
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London, E1 7NT


4 weeks


Part time day


No Qualification



From: £595


Concessions may be available for those on an income-related benefit

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