Monday, February 7, 2011

Exodus 25:10-22 - Best Gold Overlay Technique for the Ark of The Covenant

I have found yet another website that deals with the Ark of The Covenant life size replica model. This website provides in-depth description of the construction of the replica, but what is most important it discusses different techniques for finishing (overlaying) the Ark. 

According to this page, out of all techniques tried by the author, the one that gives the best result is the Gold Plating (as opposed to Gold Painting or Gold Gilding). This is because Gold Plating technique would provide the best looking and the longer lasting result.

Here is an image that compares Gold Painting with Gold Plating:
And here is one of the images from this page. Notice the clarity of the reflections that resulted from utilizing Gold Plating; it is almost mirror like in appearance.

Of'course, the best way to plate gold is the electrochemical method, however, for those of you who may not agree that this technology was available at the time of Exodus, there are always a pure chemical methods of Gold Plating, as well as hybrid techniques to achieve the same result.

And to give more credit to the author of these images and to provide you with an idea of the size of the ark, check out this poster:

I would like to also recommend to check out other sections of this website that are listed on this page. There are many great images that will provide you with an opportunity to imagine of what the Ark of the Covenant might have looked like in the real life.

And here the video of this replica model:

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