How was it made? Water gilding

Water gilding is a process which makes wood look like gold. Follow the stages involved in gilding a wooden frame – from brushing on layers of gesso (glue and chalk mixture), to applying and burnishing the gold leaf.

Background image: Frame, Thomas and René Pelletier, 1709 – 1711, England. Museum no. W.2-1999. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London