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Gilding & Decorative Surfaces PDF Print E-mail

The aim of our Group is to provide a forum for discussion and debate on the subject of gilding and decorative surfaces which covers a wide range of objects. We organise study days, workshops and educational visits. These events, such as our conference in 2013 which was held in London, bring our members, as well as others working in the field of conservation, together to share their knowledge and concerns. We also organise social gatherings in interesting venues in order to bring members together in an informal atmosphere. We keep members informed of conferences, exhibitions and educational courses in related fields.  

Upcoming Events

Two-day decorative course in the production of wire work and composition ornamentation


For many years conservators have been faced with the problem of dealing with decorative composition that has gained its support from wire. This course will enable you to repair and replicate missing ornamentation, whether it is a missing candle sconce on a pier mirror or a relief on a gilt frame.
On completion of the course you will have produced a wire work sconce.

Address: Lincoln University, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS, 01522 882000

Date: Tuesday 11th March - Wednesday 12th March 2014

Time: 9.30 - 5.00 on both days (lunch nearby 12.30 - 1.30 not included in the price)

Price: The course is for a maximum of 10 people: Icon Members £150, Student Members £130 and non-members £175.

Booking: To secure a place or for more information please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Day One:
 - Develop the techniques for soft soldering on sheet metal and wire
 - The preparation of proteins and the application of bandaging to the wire work

Day Two:
 - The rehydration of pre-prepared composition
 - Pressing of composition into fruit wood moulds
 - The application of the composition onto the wire work
Additional information: There is a refectory and coffee bar within the University and the centre of the town is a 5 minute walk away.       


We are currently planning events for the next few months. These include:

Courses on Verre Eglomise and Water Gilding

A seminar on Toning

So watch this space for dates and more information!

"Conserving Context: Relating Object Treatment to Collections and Settings" Conference Review

Following our successful conference earlier this year, Helen Hughes has kindly written a review of the day. An edited version is printed in the July issue of Icon News. Below is the full version:

"A 22 Carat Conference"

Call for ideas!

Following our questionnaire in 2010, the committee have endeavoured to run events that fulfil the wishes of the membership. We are now looking for more ideas of what you the members would like us to provide. If you have any suggestions or ideas for visits, courses, lectures, or activities we welcome your input. Please send your ideas to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are comitted to providing a running programme of events, an active ICON group, and a relevant forum for professional development. But we need your help!

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