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by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: California Conclave 2000

Mike...Have been having a great tour thru all the old photos. A lot of kids before grey hair settled in !
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: a few old photos
Replies: 1
Views: 74

a few old photos

Lately I've been sorting out my computer and old photographs and stumbled on a few photos from the days before I was doing all the wood signs and was concentrating on show-cards. I don't know how far back and what other folks remember of what got them started in this craft of ours but for the sake o...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lithochrome paint
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Lithochrome paint

Thats a tough one...I think there's 2 solutions and none are all that easy. I'd try switching to some of the new urethane paints I've been seeing the pin strippers use or try sealing the project first with some sort of sealant like fibroseal that was recommended to me by Rick Glawson some years ago ...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: wipe out tool
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: wipe out tool

Never heard of that tool either...anyone have a clue? Wonder what it's used to wipe out?
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: glue chip drying
Replies: 9
Views: 234

Re: glue chip drying

Just to add to all the good advice...you can add "as much water as you like" but you have to wait till it all evaporates so using as directed resolves that. I also have the light table set up and although doing glass isn't all that common in my shop any more it IS terrific at getting things dry. I o...
by Doug Bernhardt
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 1 shot thinning
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: 1 shot thinning

I wouldn't worry about Hi-temp vs Lo-Temp reducer as far as quality goes. They are all brewed with with our use intended.
by Doug Bernhardt
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Water gilding help, please!
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Water gilding help, please!

Just a few asides to everything that has been said. ! 1st it seems that you're not getting the gold properly burnished after your water gilds. 2nd the use of the gilders tip is "NOT" a science that you can write about. It boils down to experience. My first experiments using written instructions were...
by Doug Bernhardt
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gilded glass wall- HELPPPPP!
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: Gilded glass wall- HELPPPPP!

Does it match the sample? Not sure water size will have made any difference but wonder how well the "crinkles" will hold up to a cleaning.
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 1 shot thinning
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: 1 shot thinning

All of those thinners are pretty great. I used turpentine for years and even old fashion paint thinner (from the hardware store) but a few years ago I was at a Letterheads meet and a discussion of the various merits of each I'm now a big fan of the thinners from one shot. Permanent paint films etc a...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Whats keeping me busy
Replies: 25
Views: 1697

Re: Whats keeping me busy

Thanx for the kind words...High praise from a high place. Your contributions (your work and articles about others...like the Pritchard's) in SC for all those years were one of the things that kept me wanting to try new things. In the early 70's all I was interested in doing were sho-cards but that's...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Forum vs Facebook
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: The Forum vs Facebook

I for one have a great deal of respect for someone who seems to have no end of time to sink into a project that no longer is his business interests. I'm guessing that there is no TV at the Jackson's home in Wyoming?
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Re: Costa Rica

Mike....I took advantage of your invitation and took a tour thru your photos. You really have run with your new interest...very inspiring in so far as seeing what else life has to offer, even for old dogs like us ;=)
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gilded glass wall- HELPPPPP!
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: Gilded glass wall- HELPPPPP!

Thats a big project! Using fake leaf or metal leaf will probably mean oil size but I'll wait for others to add to this. If it were me however I'd simply grab a friend apply a slow size to about half or at some natural divider (it can't be a single piece of glass) and do as much as can be done in one...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: base coat for gold size...
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: base coat for gold size...

Both the clears are acrylic water based. You'd have to ask Kent what the chemicals are as the Star Coating was/is a chromatic product
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: New member, saying Hi and asking about a font
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: New member, saying Hi and asking about a font

Hi Neville and welcome. I don't use a computer at work but I doubt very much it was or will ever be a "font". Am guessing your best effort would be a tracing and then translate into which ever technology you prefer. May just be a good time to start trying a brush and paint? Good luck with this.
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: in the shop
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: in the shop

Here's a little more from this project. There is still a sanding and another coat of finish due on the weekend but there are 9 more columns to make and am pacing this. I should add that there will be 2 glass pieces to add to openings. My problem really is that my wife wants one now so she can proper...
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!
Replies: 13
Views: 2095

Re: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!

Francois...I'm a little hesitant to jump in here but generally any part that has been blasted enuf and has a good layer of glue on it will chip eventually. The humidity is the thing. If it were me (and without seeing it) I would wash with hot/warm water and re-apply a little glue to the stubborn are...
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: base coat for gold size...
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: base coat for gold size...

Hi Rick. I've been using (and am VERY pleased with) painting the sign as usual....a coat of Star Clear coating is also a Sikkens product I believe followed by another coat (or more) acrylic from "Finitec" (which is a Montreal Company) then gilding gold. Any lower carats of 16k or 12k are of course u...
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Whats keeping me busy
Replies: 25
Views: 1697

Re: Whats keeping me busy

Just come on up! ;=)
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: in the shop
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: in the shop

Hey Danny. A pile of wood. ...it was that and had never thought of the whole process like that before. I actually started this last year when we redid all the signs for a pub in downtown Ottawa, (The Heart and Crown) which I started around St. Patricks Day and finished in June. There were a couple s...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: in the shop
Replies: 3
Views: 160

in the shop

Just thought it was time to add a few photos of things in progress. I used my lathe and carved up these little finials or brackets over the Christmas holidays and then settled into the box which is actually a column to be used as a support for the earlier posted piece with the violin and harp. There...
by Doug Bernhardt
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Forum vs Facebook
Replies: 13
Views: 996

Re: The Forum vs Facebook

a Big thumbs up to that one. There seems to be a cycle to everything and I personally hope this thing we have here will revive as bit by bit we rediscover what a great source it is.
by Doug Bernhardt
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Hello fellow Sign Painters! Thanks for adding me.
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Hello fellow Sign Painters! Thanks for adding me.

For what it's worth I agree with almost everything said so far. I've seen many examples like this in UK and north America and most often were not decorated in anyway. However there should be some artifact left behind of any paint or gilding and a good close up photo would be great a help. Having sai...
by Doug Bernhardt
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Smith's Cream experimenting
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Smith's Cream experimenting

Yes ...definitely post a photo. This is something I've never seen or heard of.
by Doug Bernhardt
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Whats keeping me busy
Replies: 25
Views: 1697

Re: Whats keeping me busy

Pretty Face?? Now thats a scary thought ;=) Jim...I'm a big fan of the Cetol (sikkens) system. Just stain to colour of choice and finish with overcoats. I've found that a refresh of the overcoat (door and Window it's now called) every couple years is easy to maintain and keeps looking good. There ar...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Oslo Letterheads 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Oslo Letterheads 2017

I just love hearing..... "I've only had a chance to attend two Letterhead Meets so far, one in Rochester, England in 2014 and this year's Amsterdam, but it sucked me in completely and I've decided Norway needs one, too." Sounds like you've got it bad ;=) Always great to see the movement spreading an...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Heating Paint
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: Heating Paint

Heard a lot of what sounds good to me hear. Heating I do wonder about as you can change the chemical properties of (at least some) paint by doing so. I've switched over to all the new one shot thinners for reducing paint as I don't think I could live without it thinner for lettering.
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: base coat for gold size...
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: base coat for gold size...

Thar ya go. The secret is down to a hard dry non-absorbant surface. I'm a big fan of the new acrylic clears and I'll do my entire sign in oils and put 2 or 3 coats of clear down and then size and gild. Never had a problem.
by Doug Bernhardt
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Appropriate thinner/solvent
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: Appropriate thinner/solvent

Just and addition to all these replies....While I was at the Rochester Meet in the UK a couple of years ago there was a discussion about the various reducers and I've since switched to the various 1-shot supplied/recommended varieties. The premise of the discussion was the integrity of the paint fil...
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:49 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: One Shot Lettering Enamel not sticking to Ben Moore Regal
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Re: One Shot Lettering Enamel not sticking to Ben Moore Regal

Now here's one to add to the "now I know" column. I've always used oil primers so have never encountered this problem but it sounds like you've nailed this. Manufacturers have a habit of making "small" changes to products without letting the end users in on it.