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by Lee Littlewood
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Framed
Replies: 5
Views: 1762

Re: Framed

I've done a few Nielsen frames for glass pieces. The profiles are different widths and depths, and generally either flat-faced or rounded. But they are easy to assemble and fairly sturdy. Also they make a little "lock" that will keep the frame from being lifted off the wall. I've not used any of the...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Cutting glass with scissors ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3996

Re: Cutting glass with scissors ?

Got them old glass grozing blues /
stick a little shard in my heart, dear /
'cause ain't no mountain high enough,
ain't no river deep enough,
to keep me from bleedin' on you...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:04 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: New to the forum, new to lettering...
Replies: 11
Views: 3809

Re: New to the forum, new to lettering...

I agree , you have some nice friendly letters going - leave them alone for a while and work on the layout. I suggest "thumbnail sketches" - little rough sketches with a pencil that may not even show the letters, just the different parts of the sign. VERY QUICK! - like a minute per thumbnail. Then wh...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:38 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Cutting glass with scissors ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3996

Re: Cutting glass with scissors ?

Yup, it was Kevin. I thought that I brought up the subject, because I had read it somewhere and it seemed so unlikely, but maybe Kevin mentioned it. As I recall, there was a bit of laughter and disbelief and then this young guy took some scissors and somebody found him a tub of water and he cut a fu...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Backing up Silver Gild
Replies: 19
Views: 6375

Re: Backing up Silver Gild

so, the rococo border. One easy thing to do is to put a piece of paper behind it, to get an idea of what a straight color will do (remembering that the glass will tint any color you paint on - as you saw with the 1Shot silver). I am not convinced that you need to have more metallic color in the wind...
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Backing up Silver Gild
Replies: 19
Views: 6375

Re: Backing up Silver Gild

"I have plans for palladium leaf, engine turned in the S, and water gilded 12K outside the S but within the oval. And then silver paint inside the frame." There's gonna be a lot of silver color, with a touch of gold in the wolves and all the black rococo. So a spun "S" inside a silver mirror shape, ...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Backing up Silver Gild
Replies: 19
Views: 6375

Re: Backing up Silver Gild

Jen, are you going to be water gilding over paint (or palladium leaf, if I read you right)? LeBlanc refers to the gelatin size crawling away from the painted lines, I think he calls it "irritating". "Disastrous" is closer to it. LeBlanc suggests a bit of dishwashing detergent in the size, but that r...
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Backing up Silver Gild
Replies: 19
Views: 6375

Re: Backing up Silver Gild

Hot Stuff! You're sure this is your first glass job? Watergild is of course in it's own class, and you're gonna have fun with it - 23K or 12k. But don't forget the possibilities of the powderpuff or 'snapper special' technique. Apply a clear varnish (or goldsize), let it tack up a bit, then go over ...
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Once again, THANKS to the Colorado Letterheads
Replies: 12
Views: 4459

Re: Once again, THANKS to the Colorado Letterheads

Kent,
could you supply an address and name to put on cheques?
(something like: The Kent Smith Retirement Fund / 1010 Vista Drive / Bridgetown, Barbados Island...)
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Skirting for ACID
Replies: 24
Views: 6554

Re: Skirting for ACID

Ingrid's link is to the University of Kentucky hydroflouric acid safety list. It is chilling. I could not get the link to work, but I found the info via Google and made a Tiny URL that seems to work: http://tinyurl.com/a4g8zh2 It does not say if fumes are heavier than air or not, but it specifically...
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Once again, THANKS to the Colorado Letterheads
Replies: 12
Views: 4459

Re: Once again, THANKS to the Colorado Letterheads

Well, is there an address to send a donation?
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:32 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Skirting for ACID
Replies: 24
Views: 6554

Re: Skirting for ACID

Is hydroflouric vapor heavier than air or lighter?
Does anything change when the HF reacts with the glass?

What about a loose fitting lid over the etching pan, with a tube leading to a suction fan outside the roll door and the roll door almost all the way down?
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Which comes first the mirror or the sign?
Replies: 16
Views: 5068

Re: Which comes first the mirror or the sign?

Roderick, We buy our chemicals, either from Sarah King or Peacock. I have great respect for those of you who make your own, but I would worry about consistency if we did it. We do both spray and pour; although I am more familiar with the spray technique, Ron in our shop does reproduction beer signs ...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Which comes first the mirror or the sign?
Replies: 16
Views: 5068

Re: Which comes first the mirror or the sign?

Hi Megan, are you in the fire area? It sounds terrible. We always silver first and letter second. We have had poor results when mirroring over paint, but as Roderick says if the result is to be an antique mirror then some haze around the letters might be a feature, not a bug. And as he mentions, cle...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Variegated Red Leaf
Replies: 4
Views: 1601

Re: Variegated Red Leaf

Sepp Leaf in New York has a couple of brands of varigated, but no pictures on the website. I think the VARIEGATED AMORPHIC LEAF is more mottled, and the Japanese CELESTIAL had some really nice subtle colors, if I remember right. Easy Leaf in LA seems to show only black and blue varigated (no red? ha...
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Biker piece
Replies: 3
Views: 1509

Re: Biker piece

W A A Y cool Jerry. Love that shell. It is hard to get good pix of glass stuff, The light meter has a hard time deciding when ther is a lot of relctive metal, and the auto-focus seems to prefer to use the reflection, not the glass. I have tons of pictures of a reflected me, in crisp focus, on top of...
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Question about quils
Replies: 10
Views: 2497

Re: Question about quils

Padma, If you are intending to do 1/16" high lettering you might consider a pen rather than a brush. Even for a pen that is pretty small, but there are metal nib pens, felt tip nib pens, and one can cut one's own pen from bird quill or bamboo. When you're working that tiny it is easier to use ink th...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: silver leaf question
Replies: 12
Views: 3685

Re: silver leaf question

Also note that you can get the aluminum in rolls.

Also in rolls: 23karat gold, silver (I think), copper, brass, and varigated leaf.
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Signs From Sydney Australia
Replies: 33
Views: 11104

Re: Signs From Sydney Australia

What catches my eye is: (Mark's post) "...then carefully scratched those openings with pumice, to abrade the glass for chipping." and (Doug's post) "The reply describes etching with acid before applying "noodle" glue which was made from horse hooves." We have always been too cheap to put together a ...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: from the past
Replies: 2
Views: 1577

Re: from the past

Cool.
What is a "fountain brush"?
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Fast Gold Size
Replies: 19
Views: 6511

Re: Fast Gold Size

I like the 1Shot fast size for matte centers on glass because it dries clearer than Rolco, and since it dries quickly you can rub it with steel wool the next day (maybe the same day, I dunno). But for surface gilding it has an awkwardly narrow window to work in; I have always used the Rolco for that...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Price of Gold Leaf
Replies: 14
Views: 4505

Re: Price of Gold Leaf

Me too (or is it three?) - Wright's of Lymm is nice to deal with (e-mail because of the time difference) and their website is packed with good stuff (but be prepared for a lot of opening and closing windows). That said, one of the reasons they are cheaper is that their leaf size is a bit smaller tha...
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Want to repair window gilding in Florence, Italy?
Replies: 4
Views: 1804

Re: Want to repair window gilding in Florence, Italy?

Stopping by Florence on a Snowy Evening ********************************************* Whose sign this is I think I know. His shop is in the village though; He hopes that I could make it here to fix his "8", so bleak and drear. ************* Sounds like a great excuse for a trip. Do we have any Europ...
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Black Velvet On Gold?
Replies: 11
Views: 3549

Re: Black Velvet On Gold?

Bruce, "Interesting to see the time intervals between gilding..20 years, 26 years, 16 years" Yup, there was another factor at work here. When Roy Darby regilded @ 26 years, I think some of the gold was failing - I know he said that they washed it all and used Bondo on some surface pits and then prim...
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:11 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Ginstitute. Portobello Road ,London
Replies: 24
Views: 7541

Re: The Ginstitute. Portobello Road ,London

"...Smith tip gild on last picture.!." Whuff. I have a hard time doing that regular a lay on a surface job. Even with the Smith Tip (TM) I am amazed you can keep the glass wet long enough. Are you laying from the top down in narrow rows, or big areas, or what? My master Roy Darby talked about a demo...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Black Velvet On Gold?
Replies: 11
Views: 3549

Re: Black Velvet On Gold?

well, for "burnishing" gold - wiping it down to remove the excess, and then rubbing it gently to close overlaps and rub out wrinkles - a lady's powder puff seems to be wonderful. Surgical cotton was the old standard, but it is getting hard to find and seems to be no better than the powder puff. On a...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Cigar Art
Replies: 3
Views: 1353

Re: Cigar Art

roll me up a new label, please
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lettering noob looking for pointers
Replies: 4
Views: 2489

Re: Lettering noob looking for pointers

i think Mark is referring to an old fashioned method of disseminating information which used black ink impressed on a cheap paper for illustrating the value of the stock market. What you do (if you have a newspaper anymore) is take the stock market or advertising section (Wall Street Journal used to...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Aultman Taylor decal project
Replies: 8
Views: 2962

Re: The Aultman Taylor decal project

Roderick mentioned the Art Decal Company. They seem to be primarily decals for ceramics, which is still a going concern. They do have a few water slide decals, and will make some for you, but seem pretty hesitant about it. I wrote asking about decal paper, and they suggested Bell Decals in Florida. ...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 1868 Aetna Insurance Reverse Painted Glass & Abalone Shell
Replies: 3
Views: 1327

Re: 1868 Aetna Insurance Reverse Painted Glass & Abalone Shell

Two bidders. One did a last minute snipe and ran up to $679.00, but that price was "declined", so I guess it was below the minimum set by the seller. I have to say that I think it is irritating to have a blind minimum, so you don't know what the seller is willing to do. It feels more like a fishing ...