This beautiful mirror frame came into our shop with considerable damage. There were large obvious areas, as well as minor breaks and chips all over. Someone had clearly attempted to repair it, and then realized that they just weren't up to the job. So they brought it to us! What a wise decision!
The next step, after the red oxide is to re-create the gold leaf. Since this mirror used a gilding paste as a 'faux' leaf, we did the same. We can recreate any different shade of gold, which is pretty important when restoring old pieces such as this. The paste was applied by hand over the red.
The final step in the restoration of this mirror was to 'antique' the gilt paste on the areas we repaired. I would love to tell you more about this step, really I would. But.... I just can't. That would be like giving away a secret recipe, or the location of a buried treasure. I just can't do it. But, if you think this mirror looks as gorgeous as I do, you are welcome to bring your mirror in. We will work all our magic, and even use the secret sauce, if the job requires it!