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by Andrew Lawrence
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pock marks in matte centers
Replies: 30
Views: 21066

Re: Pock marks in matte centers

Ah thanks for the clarification Dan - I've heard similar about LSS back up black fading to grey before which is somewhat disconcerting. Were these south facing windows? You think it's possible to cut LSS back up black with Ronan Japan to improve pigmentation? I like using back up black and haven't s...
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pock marks in matte centers
Replies: 30
Views: 21066

Re: Pock marks in matte centers

Hey Dan - Thanks for being so generous in regards to your methods. Is there any reason that you are not using the LSS back up black for your outlining work and instead using this custom mix? Seems like one coat of that would be faster than 2 coats of japan/1shot mix, no? I believe Robert Friese uses...
by Andrew Lawrence
Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pock marks in matte centers
Replies: 30
Views: 21066

Re: Pock marks in matte centers

That's one good looking window Dan! Thanks for posting that. LSS refers to "Letterhead sign supply" - Did a bunch of tests to try and slow down the LSS Quick size and a 50/50 mix with LeFranc 12 hour gets the gild/open times between 1-3 hours. What are your order of operations on jobs like these? Ar...
by Andrew Lawrence
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Le Franc 3hr tac time
Replies: 12
Views: 7250

Re: Le Franc 3hr tac time

Been doing some tests over here - Turns out Rolco Slow doesn't slow down the LSS Quick much even at a 50/50 mix. Gilding was reading at 30 minutes to about an hour and a half or so for the Quick on it's own. However a 50/50 mix with LSS quick and Lefranc 12 hr gave it a nice 1-3.5 hour window for gi...
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: hand gilded boat name with v-carved effect
Replies: 3
Views: 2635

Re: hand gilded boat name with v-carved effect

Was probably just directional burnishing. Dan Seese wrote a good article on it (albeit on glass) http://www.danseesestudios.com/blog/2012/7/6/prismatic-copper-leaf-on-glass-trompe-loeil-secrets-revealed.html Noel Weber & I did this one a few weeks back. Depending on whether it's getting direct or in...
by Andrew Lawrence
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:18 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Le Franc 3hr tac time
Replies: 12
Views: 7250

Re: Le Franc 3hr tac time

Hey Rich - I recently had a job where the only option was to screen size because the logo was way too detailed. I screened the LSS quick size with some Rolco in it. The Rolco didn't slow down the quick size by any means, but it worked really well. Oh and it was a vertically screened job too. Made th...
by Andrew Lawrence
Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pock marks in matte centers
Replies: 30
Views: 21066

Re: Pock marks in matte centers

Hey Pat - I use straight LSS quick size for a lot of my matte only gold jobs. It's ready to gild in about 30 minutes to an hour time and I've even had success screening it vertically believe it or not. However, I have tried to slow the LSS quick size with some rolco slow size and didn't get much hel...
by Andrew Lawrence
Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pock marks in matte centers
Replies: 30
Views: 21066

Re: Pock marks in matte centers

Just to jump in - I've been doing a lot of backing up on Matte window gilds with LSS quick size, then metallic brass one shot, then back up black and finally spar varnish. I can usually do small logos in a day and have never experienced any problems with overlapping on dry times or curing affecting ...
by Andrew Lawrence
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lettering on corrugated metal
Replies: 4
Views: 4388

Re: Lettering on corrugated metal

I did a really gnarly roll down gate not too long ago and found a few things that helped. Just pen plot/pounce your pattern as normal, pounce it on the surface on the highest ridges. Take a stabilo and fill in the gaps if needed by hand. Soft or hard fitch is going to be your friend. With letters th...
by Andrew Lawrence
Sat May 17, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: mdo and paint questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2755

Re: mdo and paint questions

Had a job come up recently where I was painting on stucco... over elastomeric paint. It's this hybrid waterborne siliconized type paint that they use for houses and typically on stucco - the advantage is that it's good in areas that get a lot of rain/hurricanes/tsunamis and such. The point of the st...
by Andrew Lawrence
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Value of 100 Alphabets by Alf R. Becker 1941
Replies: 3
Views: 2682

Re: Value of 100 Alphabets by Alf R. Becker 1941

I'll give ya $50 for it which seems like a pretty fair price. Been looking for a copy for a really long time now.
by Andrew Lawrence
Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Graffiti on Historic Ghost Sign
Replies: 8
Views: 4207

Re: Graffiti on Historic Ghost Sign

Seeing as how it's not directly over the ghost sign you should just be able to power wash over it with a baking soda and water mix. They've been using it Chicago for decades.
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: California Conclave 2014!
Replies: 15
Views: 9132

Re: California Conclave 2014!

Finally finished the project the other day and took about an hour to get a halfway decent photo of the piece. 23 Karat brightline gild with 18 Karat centers, one shot paints, mother of pearl, abalone, glitter and aluminum all in this one.
by Andrew Lawrence
Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:56 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: California Conclave 2014!
Replies: 15
Views: 9132

Re: California Conclave 2014!

Broke my arm a few days before the Conclave was set to start, but despite the handicap I was more than happy I went. Big thanks to Dean for hosting and Also to Larry and Glenn for the artwork as well as to John for the expert pulls on the screen. Got a chance to photograph my piece today and got so ...
by Andrew Lawrence
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: La Belle Miette
Replies: 11
Views: 5123

Re: La Belle Miette

Really great work Bruce! Love all that ornamentation in the window borders too. Got any photos of the window lettering to the right and left of the door?
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Artwork for Kings of Leon.
Replies: 5
Views: 3081

Re: Artwork for Kings of Leon.

Very Cool Dave! Always love those time lapses because you get to see the process from start to end. Looks like the band really likes sign guys because they tapped someone from Austin to do a Neon Sign for another album
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd_mQfSNSjU
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Possible Rawson & Evans piece
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

Re: Possible Rawson & Evans piece

Talked to Super Sleuth Robare about it and he thought it was a Western Sand Blast piece based off of past auctions. Never saw a trademark on this one. Where'd you look Roderick?
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Possible Rawson & Evans piece
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

Re: Possible Rawson & Evans piece

Well the Sign came in one piece! Definitely glue chipped with some cracking on the backing paint and a little tarnishing on the gild. Cloudy day in SF so everything is a little darker than in person.
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 7242

Re: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

The reason for the one shot gold paint on the surface gild was in case there were any holidays that happened with the surface gild. That and it's a whole lot easier to lay size over a gold paint where you can see where your the size is going rather than just the glass. A little bit longer of a proce...
by Andrew Lawrence
Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Possible Rawson & Evans piece
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

Re: Possible Rawson & Evans piece

Hey Pat - I'll let you know when the piece comes in. Currently it's in transit somewhere in the Chicagoland area so it might be a few before I get it. Was thinking about bringing to Larry's place for him to inspect. You hear that Larry? He's a pretty good sleuth when it comes to stuff like this. Tha...
by Andrew Lawrence
Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Possible Rawson & Evans piece
Replies: 12
Views: 6215

Possible Rawson & Evans piece

Hey All - I found this sign on Ebay and after consulting the R&E catalog, I had a feeling it was a genuine piece so I threw in the money quickly on it and won. It's in the mail right now and hopefully arrives in one piece to which I'll give a follow up, just wondering what all you guys think - is it...
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Dublin signwriters short film
Replies: 16
Views: 8445

Re: Dublin signwriters short film

E. C. Mathews talks about painting signs from the outside of the window in one of his books. I think it was a lot more common back then in the pre-war era.
by Andrew Lawrence
Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 7242

Re: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

Thank you so much Pat for that bit of history. There is definitely a noticeable difference between the old and new gilds, with the new appearing darker and the old appearing very bright still after the 60+ years it was done. I'll inspect it further once I am on site again. In other related glass new...
by Andrew Lawrence
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Old Sign Kit For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 5894

Re: Old Sign Kit For Sale

Wow! Pretty sure this was a Chicago sign painter judging by him mentioning Chicago and "Armitage" (a main street in Chicago) in the diary entry. Perhaps one of Atkinson's pupils!
by Andrew Lawrence
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 7242

Re: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

Yeah one thing I noticed was the brightness of the old gold on the glass. They had all the old transoms re-made at one point a few years back because they were all varied. The old glass was a little wavy (very slight) probably due to manufacturing methods. The entire numeral set was based on existin...
by Andrew Lawrence
Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:57 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 7242

Re: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

I could really use a good chiropractor. I've been in some serious hurt on and off throughout the job. Luckily these were able to be removed, but some of them weighed close to 75 pounds. Attached a photo of the first pair I did. 1 & 5 were mine and the 15 was the only original left on the building. B...
by Andrew Lawrence
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 7242

Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

So lately I've run into some issues with removing excess gold on reverse glass work, specifically with the outlines painted first and then gilding method. The gilders excess removal brush works good, but can remove a little too much excess if ya know what I mean... rolled cotton with bon ami was the...