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by Lee Littlewood
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lead Lettering
Replies: 4
Views: 1413

Re: Lead Lettering

Hmm, methinks I pushed 'send' a mite too quick. Here are
Examples 2 & 3
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lead Lettering
Replies: 4
Views: 1413

Re: Lead Lettering

Wow, what a find! I'd like to see his mallet a bit better, but the video makes the whole process quite clear. Here is a letter i wrote after spending Christmas 2008 in New Zealand, and some photos. Unlike what Pat saw, most of the lead stones I saw were in very good shape and I had to search for mis...
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:25 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glass vs. sand smalt
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Smalts

One thing that I think I've seen is that smalt wasn't necessarily only used in high-tone or gold work. We saw a pretty run-of-the-mill sign for a livery stable that looked like it had been smalted but not gilded. My guess is that smalt would help hide the cracks between boards in the early, pre-plyw...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:56 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Signmaking 101: Snap Lines
Replies: 5
Views: 2670

I never thought of kite string, cool! Our sing supply place used to get unsanforized button thread. i think that meant it didn't have a slick surface. The thread itself is very tough and thin, so it makes a nice line to follow. And a spool of thread fits in your pocket, but it stores a lot of line -...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Jul 19, 2004 12:47 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: AHEM! Hand lettering!
Replies: 9
Views: 4652

Once, a long time ago when I was a wee beginner (I think it was last month) I was agonizing over the "time spent on job" / "payment received" ratio for a bunch of jobs and i had a couple of thoughts. One was ,"Maybe I don't need to gild every sho-card" and that was a useful concept: often the job ju...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Jul 06, 2004 2:04 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Scented Talc
Replies: 8
Views: 3341

If you're trying to avoid having the leaf stick to the background, LeBlanc advised eggwhite size or starch (cut potato, pasta water). I have had some remarkable "saves" with eggwite - on one job where the gold took to the background better than to the gold, I flooded the next section with eggwhite, ...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jun 30, 2004 1:40 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Liquid mask???
Replies: 11
Views: 5483

mud and more

My "old guys" used mud a lot after WWII for lettering on the cans for neon signs. Lots of red letters on colored grounds - since you sprayed the red it got a long lasting coat. They said it took awhile to get the feel of it, and you had to reserve some quills just for mud 'cause it ruined them for e...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:25 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: AKA: Handlettering
Replies: 21
Views: 9999

handlettering/money/passion

You know, maybe we've got it all wrong, thinking that it is 'vinyl' versus 'hand'. If it is all about passion/emotion/feeling/humanism/whatever, maybe we should be trying to se how best to put that into vinyl/digital print/CADrouter work. I mean, it is hard to deliver emotion when it has to go throu...