At the Chinese Art Centre in Manchester the Public are invited to bring in Broken Objects or Obsolete Trivia which have been made in China. If the Craftsmen think they can make the objects look good, they will then work on them and apply Gold Leaf to them to make them decorative.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Each Object is cleaned and coated with a very thin coat of Clay and the left to dry.The sticks are there to help dry out each object both inside and out. "Very delicate work". Some things with wooden type handles have been painted with blackboard paint ready for the next part in the process.
The objects that have been covered in Clay are now dry and have been covered in a clear sticky glue and are waiting for the technicians to start Gilding with Gold Coloured Leaf to make them Saleable. As you can see some of the objects have all ready been done.
These are some of the Articles that have been Gilded. What are they worth? The Chinese Bookkeeper works out the amount of time the object took to Gild. Then puts a price on them. Then the public can buy them back if they want. The Plastic 6inch Ruler (top right ) now gilded works out about £7. I asked what kind of Gold they were using, and was told (Dutch Gold). Researched Dutch Gold on the Net, and found that (Dutch Gold Leaf) has no Gold in it. It's made from Copper and Brass with a bit of Zinc thrown in. It is for sale in Craft Shops in Holland.
Friday, 26 August 2011
In Manchester it's ( I Love Manchester Day. ) today the 26th of August 2011. After the terrible time for Shop Keepers in the City by looters and young people and a night of terrible violence with extensive damage perpetrated by the mindless few. The City is trying to get back on track to be a Top City in the UK. This Poster has been pasted all over Manchester. Over 300 people have arrested and are being jailed.t