Gilding the compass binnacle with 24 carat gold leaf

Posted in Weekly 'Snaps', Behind The Scenes, General, Maintaining Britannia, on Thursday January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments | Return To Blog Posts
Gilding the compass binnacle with 24 carat gold leaf

This week, we went off the tour route to find Darren from the maintenance team, who was gilding the compass binnacle with gold leaf. The binnacle is normally located on the Verandah Deck, by Britannia's bell. It was a popular focal point for photographs taken by 'Snaps' and continues to be for visitors today.

From this week's photographs, you can see Darren priming the binnacle with size - an adhesive material used as a base. Just before it is dry, the gold leaf is carefully added, and as you can see from the photograph, the end result is stunning.

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