Gilding progress

The gilding of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel ceiling and soffit is progressing rapidly. It is a painstaking and laborious process. The gilders apply an adhesive or ‘size’ to the painted ceiling which needs to cure overnight before the gold leaf is applied. The extent that the size can be applied is carefully measured each day, determined by the number of people and hours available to gild the following day, as well as the weather. In wet weather the size takes a lot longer to cure, so the square area of application is reduced.

Riccardo and Olivia (foreground) measure the area for the size application; Carolina in the background brushes off the overlapping edges of the gold leaf 


The gilders work very closely together on the scaffolding to apply the gold leaf