“Stuccatura with resin wax” Follow Lesson no. 5 by Maestro Basiglio

lesson N°5

Contemporary stuccatura with resin wax

During this lesson Enzo shows us how to fill the gap between the damaged canvas and the original portion of paint. Since it's the preparatory stage for integrating the paintwork, stuccatura (application of stucco) is one of the key processes. For the purposes of contemporary restoration, the traditional waxing procedure, using plaster and glue, is now conducted using resin wax, produced in the workshop itself using a completely natural rubber.

Resin wax is made up of elemi wax, an ideal resource given its thermoplastic properties, ensuring perfect adhesion to the canvas.

Pre-stuccatura analysis

Before the stuccatura work commences, we must carefully analyse the painting in all its parts with particular attention paid to those points where difficulties in our work are most likely to arise, and also the points at which the canvas damage is greatest and the lacune are most extensive.

Where we cannot pick out the original drawing, we shall refrain from using the same shade as that which has survived. We use a muted shade so the viewer can see the points where simulation of the artist's work would be excessively invasive.

Thermocautery, spatulas and scalpel

The resin wax is applied in all the painting's lacune using a thermocautery set to a low temperature. Enzo tells us we must be very careful when spreading the resin wax, which must be even and smooth. We must therefore use a spatula, and also considerable delicacy in our actions accompanied by a sure manual touch. Once the application work is done, we then use a scalpel to obtain a more natural end effect for the restoration work.

The quality of the restored end result depends on the restorer's considerable manual skills and expertise.

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art restoration course

In 6 lessons Enzo Basiglio 'walks us through' the basics of modern restoring, where the traditions of yesteryear are supplemented with the innovatory "minimal intervention" approach. Using leading-edge technologies, interventions thus become increasingly precise and less invasive.

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  • 13_02_2015 13_02_2015
  • 20_02_2015 20_02_2015
  • 27_02_2015 27_02_2015
  • 06_03_2015 06_03_2015
  • 13_03_2015 13_03_2015
  • 20_03_2015 20_03_2015

Lesson n° 1

How to study a work of art before restoring it. Diagnostic analyses: the Wood's lamp, reflectography, backlighting and the video microscope.

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Lesson n° 2

Cleaning paintings with solvents and mixtures that will not degrade the original tone - including the triangular solubility graph and the empirical method.

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Lesson n° 3

What do we find hidden away behind a painting? How to remove the backing, clean the original canvas and uncover the secrets of yesteryear.

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Lesson n° 4

Consolidation and the hot table. Innovative methods for fixing colours and regenerating the canvas.

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Lesson n° 5

Stuccoing and levelling canvases. What is resin wax, and what's it used for?

Lesson n° 6

All the techniques for integration of the colours in paintings: mimetic, hatching and mixed.

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