Gilding the Seder Plate

One aspect of Carvings by Carl that excites me is experimenting with new processes. Sometimes these are truly new, and sometimes they are simply new to me. The process I’m talking about today is as old as art.

The process is gilding — covering a surface with a thin layer of metal. Traditionally this has been gold, but the technique applies to other precious and semi-precious metals.

I applied copper leaf to an aged Cherry Seder plate, and I love the result. The Cherry had matured to a deep reddish-brown. The Copper balances perfectly with darkened Cherry, and adds some shine and elegance to the result.

I have 23K gold, copper, and aluminum (silver) leaf in my shop, and offer gilding in any of these materials.