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Traditional oil and water-gilding

SACRED BUDDHIST ART

from the studio of

Martin Walker-Watson

Gilding Arts Studio on Bruny Island

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Holy Objects, gilded sculptures, votive tablets,

giclée and archival prints, temple stencils and more


 




Shakyamuni
(in Dhyana mudra)

Buddha Amitabha

gilded copper repoussé with red gold, also green, white and fine gold leaf

frame size 640 x 700mm - 6 kg

 

Buddha Shakyamuni



Shakyamuni in Dharmachakra Mudra



Shakyamuni

gilded copper repoussé with red gold, also green, white and fine gold leaf

frame size 640 x 700mm - 6 kg

Chenrezig




Chenrezig

gilded copper repoussé with platinum and fine gold, also green, white and red gold leaf

frame size 640 x 700mm - 6 kg


Manjushri



Manjushri

gilded copper repoussé with platinum and fine gold, also green, white and red gold leaf

genuine turquoise and coral gemstones, also garnets and malachite

frame size 640 x 700mm - 6 kg

Vajrapani




Vajrapani

gilded copper repoussé with platinum and fine gold, also green, white and red gold leaf

genuine turquoise and coral gemstones

frame size 640 x 700mm - 6 kg

Prajñāpāramitā

Prajñāpāramitā

gilded copper repoussé with gold, platinum, purple silver leaf, and Swarovski crystals

The Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom personifying the concept of the Bodhisattva known as the "Great Mother"

frame size 640 x 700mm - 6 kg

Green Tārā

Green Tārā

gilded copper repoussé with green, yellow and white gold leaf, and Swarovski crystals

The Bodhisattva of Enlightened Activity and the Mother of Liberation

frame size 640 x 700mm - 6 kg

more...

Photographic Reproductions
Archival matte paper
Glass prints
Aluminium prints
Giclée Canvas prints
gilded frames and mounting by special order

 








Repoussé

 

This is a technique where a sheet of copper is hammered onto an anvil and shaped into a 3 dimensional form. It is then chased with chisels and punches to complete the detail. Various elements such as the crowns and earrings are added. The hands are the only parts that have been cast.

The jewellery is made from genuine coral, turquoise, garnet gemstones, and Swarovski crystals. A back plate has also been added making it possible to fill the sculptures with precious items.


The Different Colours of Gold


These sacred “objects of support” have been gilded with gold, silver and platinum leaf. By using a linseed oil based gold-size as an adhesive it eliminates the mercury used in fire gilding still common on statues from Nepal. This type of oil gilding allows different types of leaf to be applied on the same piece and the techniques go back to ancient times.

Pure gold when alloyed with other metals produces the different colours. Gold mixed with copper makes red gold, and when mixed with silver makes green gold, zinc produces a white gold, and when alloyed with palladium produces a light brown gold. Platinum leaf is a steely white and the purple leaf is produced by coating silver leaf in a purple resin.

There are hundreds of possible alloys and mixtures, however a mix of around 50/50 copper and silver gives the range of yellow gold alloys the public is accustomed to seeing in the marketplace.

                 

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