ALLISON WRIGHT

This collection of small tarnished silver mirror frames is a collaboration between me and my daughter Allison. Each frame has been securely joined with wooden splines and screws. After an initial application of rabbit skin glue, the basswood is coated with several coats of traditional gesso. The surface is then brought to a fine polish through sanding with several grits of paper. Red clay is then mixed with rabbit skin and applied to the highlights on the molding. The clay is then flooded with water to accept small sheets of silver leaf. The precious leaf is applied with a three inch wide squirrel hair brush. After drying, the leaf is burnished to a bright luster with an agate.

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