I was commissioned by the King of Belgium to
decorate and restore the ceilings, fixtures and paintings of
the Royal Palace in Brussels.
Restoration of the ceilings:
The ceilings are complete in gold leaf 24k.
Mixed in with different colors of gold for the contrast. The
technique is named, Polymentvergulding, one of the oldest
techniques in the world. It was used by the Egyptian people
in the Pyramids. And maybe one of the most complicated
techniques build up in different layers.
1. The complete piece has been painted with a
mix of: mountain chalk mixed with distilled water and rabbit
glue, found between the skin of a rabbit. Apply on a
temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. Put on in 6 coats.
2. After you use a mixture of polyment: is a
pipe earth with metal oxides inside, for the shine of the
gold. Then mixed with distilled water and gelatin. You apply
6 coats after drying from the first one at a temperature of
38 degrees Celsius.
3. After drying the piece, the piece is
rubbed with a cloth and given a certain shine. Then a mix a
distilled water and pure alcohol and use a brush to put it
on the piece, and directly apply the gold leaf. After
approximately 18 minutes, the gold will polished with agaat
stone to a high shine ( a mirror shine effect).