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by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Etching cream vs sandblasting on glass
Replies: 11
Views: 4223

Re: Etching cream vs sandblasting on glass

And just an addition....Rick Glawson mentioned the same process as Pat for getting an even layer and frost. Looks very much like the English Mirrors from a century or so ago which of course beats sandblasting by a mile. An oily fingerprint can ruin a blasted finish
by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Easy Water Gilded Pinstripe Jig
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Re: Easy Water Gilded Pinstripe Jig

Perfect solution to a problem....I actually own one of Glawson and Evans' scribbers which looks very much like a carpenters scribe with a wood dowel instead of the carpenters sharp metal one. The one I have was used on the PT Copperpots pieces he did for Universal Studios...not bragging but just ack...
by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Any books on Mirroring glasss
Replies: 4
Views: 977

Re: Any books on Mirroring glasss

John...there is an excellent book on this by a _ Bruno Schweig called "Mirrors" It gets into the science and has been used by all our suppliers and mentors for working out the formulae and processes. It can be expensive so you need to decide on your commitment. I've seen it listed from several hundr...
by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gremlins in my 12k white gold?
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: Gremlins in my 12k white gold?

I should add that depending on experience a good cleaning of your gilders tip and a re-charge might also be in order
by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gremlins in my 12k white gold?
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: Gremlins in my 12k white gold?

I've only had that problem once with silver leaf....the books were pretty old when I got them and I just abandoned them as white gold is/was my primary choice. Does the rouge look unusual in anyway? I'd be tempted to put them in the fridge overnight and see if that dehumidifies sufficiently.
by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: may switch from pc to mac...
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: may switch from pc to mac...

Vance....I switched to a Mac a few years ago and be aware...there's a learning curve. I'm used to it now but there were a few times I was tempted to use a hammer! :wink:
by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: first time using LeFrancs and having trouble.
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: first time using LeFrancs and having trouble.

Definitely too much size...just a nice whisper thin coat is what you want.
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Danny Baronian in the Hospital
Replies: 8
Views: 1412

Re: Danny Baronian in the Hospital

Good Luck old man....best wishes from the cold white north.
by Doug Bernhardt
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gilded aluminum foil matte effect
Replies: 6
Views: 2207

Re: Gilded aluminum foil matte effect

Just an aside....Damar is a traditional artist's painting medium and is usually mixed with linseed oil while doing oil paintings. It's also used as a finishing varnish BUT it does yellow and will eventually cure to a tough hard yellow film. Years ago while at Fine Gold's Conclave the honourable Mr. ...
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Craftmaster sign enamels
Replies: 1
Views: 904

Re: Craftmaster sign enamels

This is such a great topic to introduce and I hope it goes deep. That someone is producing (or even trying) a quality product for our industry gives me hope. There has been guilds and standards organizations for artists colours and paints for many years. If you buy a tube of watercolour or oil paint...
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bon-Ami types
Replies: 5
Views: 1461

Re: Bon-Ami types

Just a quick addition....the gelatine capsules are probably not the best idea. You can get the diamond wedges from a bakery supplier or if you're in Canada Canadian Signcrafters. In the states Ron and Kristi Purcell are a best guess.
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: glue chipped reverse paint
Replies: 3
Views: 1000

Re: glue chipped reverse paint

The technical questions this post opens up is huge beyond belief. I've been doing a lot of research the past year into paints and the research into them that's available.I'll do my best in the near future to summarize some of what I've discovered about our "treasured" and sacred cows.
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: mother of pearl
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

mother of pearl

It's been a while for me but has anyone had trouble ordering Mother of Pearl as of late? A friend of mine thats a luthier informed me there is none available anymore for "green" reasons I think he mentioned. I'd like to hear anything more about this
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: How's this done?
Replies: 5
Views: 1420

Re: How's this done?

All the advice re; safety is well worth regarding. All that said there are remarkable results available with mixed techniques....for instance acid etching chipped areas etc. This could easily be one of these techniques but the image as mentioned is far to difficult to make out. Good luck at working ...
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: My letters scratch away when i try copper glassgilding
Replies: 11
Views: 2365

Re: My letters scratch away when i try copper glassgilding

For what it's worth I concur with Dan and Rich. It "may" be possible to water gild with copper but I'm sure the level of expertise required is considerable and the time much the same. I asked the late great Rick Glawson about this very subject 25 or 30 years ago and is advice was the same as above. ...
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Does anyone know what this font is called
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: Does anyone know what this font is called

Is a hand drawn type for sure...so no "font" unless someone has translated one....especially judging by the age. French (probably Paris) late 1900's for a Bakery. Thats the translation. If you have to build this there's certainly enough info there to make a complete typeface if you'd care to take th...
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Large Scale Printed Design
Replies: 4
Views: 1253

Re: Large Scale Printed Design

Hi Jacob, I'm not sure if this is the answer you're looking for but if you have access to a projector (there are quite a few on the market) you should be able to trace your design to anything you like as far as size goes. I have an old Artograph from many years ago but they also make them to accept ...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Changing Tastes
Replies: 4
Views: 1648

Re: Changing Tastes

Well Vance....thanx for the good words but all to say this "IS" the new way. I guess it settles into..... are we manufacturers of other peoples designs or do we work on our own ideas? I for one wasn't ready to hand my favourite part of my business over to often less than competent craftspeople regar...
by Doug Bernhardt
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Changing Tastes
Replies: 4
Views: 1648

Changing Tastes

Not sure if others are noticing this but I did see a post on Facebook some time ago and the author was annoyed to find the client was looking for something other than what he was used to doing. I too had seen this and in the last few years had been asked to make a sign with supplied artwork that I d...
by Doug Bernhardt
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Beginner brushes for small lettering
Replies: 1
Views: 858

Re: Beginner brushes for small lettering

Sounds like you have the answer. If you've seen a good video and are "inspired" try it out....although I'd practice a little on something else before taking on the real thing
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 1 Shot on finished / oiled wood
Replies: 1
Views: 815

Re: 1 Shot on finished / oiled wood

Hi Ren....this is not a good idea. With 1-shot I expect you will want a hard dry (varnished?) surface. I would definitely take a small sample and try anything you're thinking of using first. I have done exterior wood finishing many hundreds of times and wouldn't dream of doing this. Firstly the wax ...
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Tinning (again !)
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: Tinning (again !)

Hi again Stephane....it goes without saying that there's no "mix and matching" the acrylics and your 1 shot right?
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: surface gilding...
Replies: 2
Views: 1196

Re: surface gilding...

Well Vance...it's time for a photo of that!!
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Enamels on vehicles.
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Enamels on vehicles.

I've never used the urethanes before but have heard only great things about them. It looks like something that would be a good test case
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Enamels on vehicles.
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Enamels on vehicles.

Hi again Robert. Last time I did a truck was quite a few years ago and they were just fine then. I've since seen many of the guys doing these sort of jobs at Letterheads events and they're still using those and the new urethane paints. What I'm "not" sure of if there's any prep for the truck to do i...
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Tinning (again !)
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: Tinning (again !)

Welcome aboard Stephane. I'm thinking you'll want somewhere between thick cream and stirred yogurt. The reasons will become apparent immediately if you are using lettering brushes. I'm assuming you are using lettering enamels and are thinning with an appropriate solvent
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat May 20, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: damar embossing
Replies: 3
Views: 1387

Re: damar embossing

Hi Tyler....the dots are Mother of Pearl, the edge is actually bevelled glass. The part I was most curious about was what is the actual time required for the embossing to cure so you can get the bright water gild after? We know a year works ;=)
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat May 20, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Beautiful Art Deco shop in Lisbon!
Replies: 5
Views: 1846

Re: Beautiful Art Deco shop in Lisbon!

Thats a wonderful project to have. I've seen illustrations like this on some antique glass pieces from France a few years ago and from the back they were on some sort of paper or canvas that I'd not seen before. I've done this quite a number of times on canvas and used the 3 varnish method to apply ...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun May 14, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: damar embossing
Replies: 3
Views: 1387

damar embossing

Was at a small heads meet at Phil Ghi's in March and made an interesting discovery. I had used embossing damar before and had usually left it over night to flash off and then gild with water. It so happened that there was a year between this process this time and instead of getting the usual semi gl...
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu May 04, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Tinting Epoxy
Replies: 1
Views: 791

Re: Tinting Epoxy

I've tinted the west system often and for what you want to do wouldn't hesitate to add more colour if necessary. However....hold fast is the right product for this and in Canada you can get it at Canadian Signcrafters in Bayfield Ontario