Guilding the lightJuly 11, 2011
I have been very busy lately, no time for miniatures! A few weeks ago I did manage to work on a pair of wall sconces for the dining room of...
I have been very busy lately, no time for miniatures! A few weeks ago I did manage to work on a pair of wall sconces for the dining room of my new canal house.
As I was rummaging through my box of unused miniatures, I found a pair of metal wall sconces with candles which I bought several years ago. Unfortunately the finish on them was not the same, one was a beautiful shiny golden metal finish, the other one seemed to have been painted gold. I never really liked the painted finish.
I decided to guild and electrify them. I use 23 carat gold leaf from Giusto Manetti for my guilding. A book of gold leaf costs around 30 euro's but will last you a long time as the projects are so small.
The sconces had very pretty candles in them, but I wanted to have working lights in the sconces so the candles had to come out. As they were glued in pretty well, I used a ball router bit in my Dremel to remove the candles from the holders.
I cut a pair of electrified candles down to size as they were too long for the sconces. After testing them with a battery I glued them into the holders and onto the sconces.
As I don't have time now to finish the wall on which the wall sconces will hang, I took a quick photo of the elements I will use on the wall. The wall will have panels with pretty yellow wallpaper from Small Interiors in them. Above the panels I will use Dresden paper decorations.