I am trying to find out what technique was used back then (1700's) when they made those nice gilded frames for, e.g., mirrors. See included image as an example.

How did they do the spirals and pearls that you can see in the image? Did they hand carve the spiral or did they mold them using perhaps rabbit skin glue with french chalk? How come there is almost always a "line" that seems to be running through the entire spiral? How about the pearls? Google hasn't much to say about this...

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  • Would anything related to hand crank and router tool since it is mentioned it is related to old frames.
    – Lyssagal
    Feb 8 at 17:01
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    Niklas, great question. I suspect the reason it hasn't received an answer yet is the historical time frame. Many people could weigh in on how to replicate this today. Far fewer people have expertise on historical methods. Your question piqued my interest; hope this gets an answer.
    – fixer1234
    Feb 9 at 19:15
  • This is a pretty specialized area. The question is squarely on topic here, but it looks like this site doesn't currently have any subject matter experts. I think Woodworking would be the only other SE site where the question would be on-topic. I asked about it there, and the suggestion was to tag such questions with [traditional-techniques]. It isn't clear that Woodworking has SMEs, either, though.
    – fixer1234
    Mar 25 at 17:50


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