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by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Craftmaster sign enamels
Replies: 1
Views: 294

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: 313

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: 265

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: 0
Views: 22

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: 195

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: 707

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: 288

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: 3
Views: 71

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: 786

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: 786

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: 477

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: 436

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: 689

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: 653

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: 759

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: 759

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: 689

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: 738

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: 952

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: 738

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: 431

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
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu May 04, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?
Replies: 18
Views: 5655

Re: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?

Mikey....just keep doing what you're doing. I can see there's a huge following and just when I thought nobody was reading our stuff.... ;=)
by Doug Bernhardt
Thu May 04, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Eye Candy
Replies: 3
Views: 1633

Re: Eye Candy

Yes....Noel Weber showed me using course steel wool. Put on 23k and right under it your 12k steel wool thru the centre and 16k. Easy peasy and looks sweet!
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Oklahoma Bash: October 1982
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: Oklahoma Bash: October 1982

Another great trip thru the past Mike...is that Bob Behounek (sp?) in the second photo with Ray Chapman and Mike Stevens looking over his shoulder?
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: SILVER LEAF WINDOW
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Re: SILVER LEAF WINDOW

Kevin....Is that silver or white gold? If silver how did you adjust your water size? She really shines BTW ;=)
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sunset Plaza Gold Leaf
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Re: Sunset Plaza Gold Leaf

Hey Mr. Betz....how did you do the project. Hand carved...CNC? Looks good and clean and am sure you've got a happy customer.
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Cleveland Signs
Replies: 5
Views: 614

Re: Cleveland Signs

I'm a real sucker for the "Packard" wall and the glass piece at the bank (probably all done by hand) but makes me wish I'd taken photos all those years ago of the great work I saw everywhere. I saw an amazing half in and half out wall at a youth hostel in Los Angeles some 15 or so years ago.Was an o...
by Doug Bernhardt
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Doug Bernhardt_Retired?!
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Re: Doug Bernhardt_Retired?!

Hey guys...not April fools joke. I'll still be around and an extra pair of hands when and if anyone needs them. I've been looking forward to spending more time at the other passions (oil painting and the like) but I've been an 8 days a week guy for a little too long. Promise to try and organize my p...
by Doug Bernhardt
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: California Conclave 2000
Replies: 6
Views: 745

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: 440

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...