Re: [MedievalSawdust] Uses for sand?
facing of this shield was painted with>""Fragments from Ballatcare, Man suggest that the
>black and red patterns on a whitebackground. It
>was suggested that gesso (organic matrix, suchegg yolk) paint was used (Bersu and Wilson 1966).
Colin wrote, "This is confusing... I thought gesso was the substance used to prepare the
ground before paint was applied, but this sentence seems to say that gesso
is a type of paint. Can someone clear that one up?"Edward the Black Prince's shield (the one is given this treatment (gesso)... basically I'm guessing that there may be an 'and' missing in the citation ("gesso and paint"). The Black Prince's shield was laid up planks covered with linen (similar to panel lay up for painters... hummm....) and then covered with leather. Over this, gesso was used to 'sculpt' a 3-D bas relief kinda' thing so that the lion stood proud from the face... this was then painted...I've got a shield built up this way... but without the gesso... the idea of somebody beating on a plaster and glue mix and chunks of it flying around the list probably wouldn't make the marshals happy... and I'd have to keep repairing it... which wouldn't make me happy...Chas.
>Question When was French polish with rotten stone and pumis(sp) start being18th c. is the earliest I've seen reference to it.
French polishing uses shellac. The earliest English reference to shellac
appears to be a 1594 description by a fellow travelling in India, who saw
the locals using it. I have no idea if the Italians or other Europeans
were using it before then - it's quite possible, as the English were
notoriously backward about such things.
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