Victorian & Regency Frame Restoration

Stages 1-6

Victorian frame restoration

Stages 7-8

Victorian frame restoration
There are various stages of frame restoration, depending of course, on the level of deterioration of the frame. The following steps are what I do to completely restore a frame.

1. Check frame for woodworm and treat accordingly

2. Test moulding for further signs of fragility, cracking and damage

3. Repair where possible with original pieces, using strong wood glue

4. Take moulds from the existing moulding. These will be the blueprints with which to replace any missing pieces

5. A compo putty is then made and pushed into the mould. Once the compo has set, the missing pieces can be carefully glued onto the frame

6. The frame is then prepared for gilding

7. Gold or Silver leaf is then applied and left to dry

8. When happy with the leafing, the frame can then be sypathetically 'aged' to give an antique appearance

The key to restoration, I feel, is only to carry out what is essential, to use as many of the original pieces as possible. The aim is to achieve a finished piece which is entirely sympathetic to the original frame and which should last for many more decades.


Regency Frame Restoration using 22CT gold

Regency frame restoration
Original frame
Regency frame restoration
Preparation for gilding: Gesso, yellow colour and red bole
Regency frame restoration
Gilding
Regency frame restoration
Gilding
Regency frame restoration
Burnish using agate tools
Regency frame restoration
Antique and assemble the final frame