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by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gold Leaf peeling
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: Gold Leaf peeling

How old is this job? I notice that the black shading looks quite deteriorated, which usually takes awhile. And the black seems to be breaking up & down, which makes me think of condensation running down the windows. By comparison, the leaf is mostly solid (except for ‘croissant’) with big chips miss...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Inferior glass gold
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Inferior glass gold

Yup. There is always grousing about how things were better in the ‘good old days’, but I think that with the change to machine beating instead of hand beating the character of gold leaf rally has changed. Or maybe the good is as good or better than before, but the bad is worse. Last year I was invol...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gilded aluminum foil matte effect
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Gilded aluminum foil matte effect

Damar is a so-called "spirit varnish", which I take to mean that it dries by evaporation but does not cure. So it can be re-dissolved by the same solvent (turpentine, maybe other materials?) - old-time lacquer was the same, and shellac. You can get damar all the way from crystals to a thick liquid t...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: THE SIGNWRITER AND GLASS EMBOSSER 1898
Replies: 3
Views: 762

Re: THE SIGNWRITER AND GLASS EMBOSSER 1898

Wow! Good catch, Kevin. Different price for "Bound" or "In Parts" - that probably explains the dark pages every now and then; that would be the end of a section. I wonder if one bought it by subscription and had the parts delivered by the Royal Mail? this is gonna be some interesting reading. Thanks...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Doug Bernhardt_Retired?!
Replies: 6
Views: 1198

Re: Doug Bernhardt_Retired?!

(oops, this shows how often I don't check the Forum): Congratulations Doug! "an extra pair of hands"... I hope there are folk in Ottawa who realize what a help you would be, and that helps you keep one toe in the water. On the upside - this may give you more time to travel, and maybe we'll see you i...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Fast dry gold size
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: Fast dry gold size

Lacquer thin'r will pull Wunda out of a brush, sorta. Getting the brush into soapy water after you're done is a big help, but that will make a squirrel hair brush swell up. I knew some truck letterers who had dedicated brushes for Wunda size. So detergent water rinse; then lacquer thinner; then bar ...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Fast dry gold size
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: Fast dry gold size

(maybe no one is answering because no one has tried it?) (nah, I've seen lots of brass leaf window signs that were done with WundaSize) I have not done any glass work with Wunda - are there any other water-based sizes out there? I know someone who did, doing outlines then laying brass leaf into Wund...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Screen Printing Acid Resist on Glass?
Replies: 10
Views: 4175

Re: Screen Printing Acid Resist on Glass?

Hi Emma, If you go looking for "asphaltum" you'll find a lot of varying information. Since it is a natural substance (some sort of petrochemical 'tar') that makes sense, still it is irritating if you're trying to be consistent. But for block-out screen printing you can buy a quart of "Roof Patch" or...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Tinning (again !)
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Tinning (again !)

"Yes, I'm using mainly 1Shot enamel and sometime acrylic paint." WARNING: do not use the same brush in both kinds of paint! Second Warning: be careful what kind of brush you use with water-based paints, like acrylics. The squirrel hairs used in the old standard signpainter brushes will swell up in w...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: New Dux and Old Rolco
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Re: New Dux and Old Rolco

Blessing on you, Andrew. Now if we had someone who speaks good French and would talk to LeFranc & B. maybe we'd find out what their stuff is made of... Tung oil for the quick size - "Well I never!" - as my grandmother would say. It is not an uncommon material, but i have never used it by itself. Now...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed May 31, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?
Replies: 18
Views: 5749

Re: Blabbermouth me, or just a polite host?

Hey Janice, is that Portland, Oregon or Portland, Maine? If you are in Oregon send me an email at LBL@Integra.net and i'll put you on the list of local-sign-folk-who-have-intermittent-meetings. If you're in Maine you're on your own (although my niece lived there for a while and said the people were ...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed May 31, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: damar embossing
Replies: 3
Views: 762

Re: damar embossing

I had the same after about 6 months. The damar/res'ngel mix was embossed and then forgotten. When I remembered it I did a white gold water gild and it was like mirror on ripple glass. The gold was pretty shiny on both sides.
by Lee Littlewood
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: base coat for gold size...
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Re: base coat for gold size...

Any clearcoat that can take 2 years outdoors in Montreal is of interest. But a clear coat over wood has always felt like a layer waiting to break down or de-laminate. This is just from the being clear: sunlight will go through the whole film (and if metal is under the clear, sunlight will bounce off...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Oslo Letterheads 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1071

Re: Oslo Letterheads 2017

EXCELLENT! If it only gets dark for a couple of hours each night, there may needs be a 'clean-up squad' to pick up signpainters who have fallen over and can't get up...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Tiki bar sign
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Tiki bar sign

Pretty hot stuff there. The border looks quite interesting - any good pix of it?

If you silkscreen in your basement, how do you exhaust the fumes? Enquiring minds want to know...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Base for painting
Replies: 6
Views: 919

Re: Base for painting

Hard to be sure from the photo, but I don't see a gap in the middle. It does look as if it is outdoors, so (with all due deference to Mr. Bernhardt who is a brilliant woodworker) I would look at a metal panel. A sheetmetal shop can often make up a custom size and shape for a reasonable price, and th...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Interesting Split Shade Technique...
Replies: 16
Views: 3154

Re: Interesting Split Shade Technique...

So, to recap for those of us whose memories can't manage 6 posts up: 1) Cut the glass, drill the glass, nip the glass 1a) Lettering with fumed acid etch, spray silver, shell infill, mirror borders.... (you know, the usual stuff) 2) Opaque black background cut in, leaving "shades" still clear glass 3...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue May 03, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: List of Sign Related Books (some out of print)
Replies: 41
Views: 34353

Re: List of Sign Related Books (some out of print)

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This is a nice book about a great letterer from about 1910 to 1950. Not sign painting, but posters and printed ads and some killer monogram sketches. And it is being remaindered, so it's cheap.

http://www.budsartbooks.com/index.php/l ... r-217.html
by Lee Littlewood
Mon May 02, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Spanjer Bros.
Replies: 1
Views: 657

Re: Spanjer Bros.

Hmm. It makes sense that Spanjer might make furniture - they show elaborate A-boards and some cabinets for signs - but I don't remember seeing anything like chairs or tables in their old catalogs. Of course those were Sign Catalogs, so there may well have been a different division with its own catal...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Painting Metal Shutters
Replies: 2
Views: 881

Re: Painting Metal Shutters

Umm, is it bare metal now? Steel or aluminum? On bare metal you do want to get rid of any rust or grease and then prime it with the right primer for the metal - a galvanizing primer for steel, an aluminum primer or prep-coat for aluminum. Then you can coat with whatever kind of paint you like - 1Sho...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 1st attempt at some things
Replies: 4
Views: 1414

Re: 1st attempt at some things

Coming in late here, but it looks like all went well - so you'll be pumped up for the next round. Go go go... My first and best suggestion is to get a copy of "Gold Leaf Techniques for Sign Painters" by Ray LeBlanc, edited by Kent Smith. Read every word. It really is the bible for this particular wo...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: "Tennis elbow" from lettering?
Replies: 4
Views: 1206

Re: "Tennis elbow" from lettering?

I've never had my elbow hurting, but there is that muscle down the side of the spine that a friend called "the truck lettering muscle". Too much continuous lettering and that will flare up big-time. One other thought is about posture - are you keeping mostly balanced when you're working? I had a bos...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Chester Cunningham
Replies: 21
Views: 8246

Re: Chester Cunningham

Hi Regina, and welcome to the Signpainter Appreciation Network. How strange to have one of the greats be your father(!)
Your story makes one wonder if there is something genetic about the craft, sort of like the Bach children becoming musicians.
Please keep painting and posting...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Feb 10, 2016 3:34 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Advice on brushes
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

Re: Advice on brushes

Looks good!
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lettering on cloth
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: Lettering on cloth

You might try getting the tee shirt damp with water before lettering with 1Shot. The 1Shot should be thinned a bit. I like white gasoline aka camping stove fuel - it seems to make the paint watery but not runny, sort of. The theory is that the water will fill the 'pores' and the oilbase paint won't ...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Advice on brushes
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

Re: Advice on brushes

Wow, that looks like a lot of texture. If you are sure your paint will stick to the fabric then the next question is the size of the lettering. Big letters (15 cm or more high) should be easy to do with a flat chisel-edge brush (some artist suppliers call it a "brights" shape), but smaller letters a...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Spray On Copper Mirrors
Replies: 5
Views: 1668

Re: Spray On Copper Mirrors

I'd like to give it a try - who makes the copper paint spray?

and if it is a spray, maybe one could fog copper then silver and get a blend?
Or mist a color on, then go over with copper to get a bluish or greenish copper mirror?
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:18 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: My First Reverse Glass Gild Sweetleaf Coffee
Replies: 13
Views: 3611

Re: My First Reverse Glass Gild Sweetleaf Coffee

Like they said - good work.

I wanted to thank you Jen for your first thread - it showed me Sam Alfano and i bought his DVD on scrolls - great stuff!
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:11 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Angel Gilding over Silver/Copper
Replies: 3
Views: 1068

Re: Angel Gilding over Silver/Copper

Hi Marvin, That statue sounds interesting - will it be at all like the Ben Dombey picture Sarah shows on the page you bookmarked? Her page shows a couple of combinations, but always gold or silver as the first layer. So I would start my experiments like that, with a translucent layer of gold or silv...