There were two small pieces broken from the rim of this vase – in the style of the Wedgwood fairyland pieces from the 1920’s. The challenge here was to recreate the purplish metallic lustre glaze that graded into a gold. We have five different ways to restore gold finishes – from various shades of gold leaf, to 23 karat Japanese gold powder, to shell gold, to finely powdered mica. Each of them is useful in different settings. This type of repair requires great shininess of the gold, no granular look, and a variable color. We have perfected a method for doing this, and blending in the edges seamlessly, but it requires six different airbrushed coatings.

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