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by Lee Littlewood
Sun May 11, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: question about surface gilding and sealer...
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

Re: question about surface gilding and sealer...

Hey, that's easy - after about 6 months quicksize is pretty much cured (at least you can't scratch it with your fingernail) so I'm pretty sure it is not very reactive to an overcoat. Oh, what, you want it When?? I guess I'd just think the longer the drying time the better, plus a bit for warm (maybe...
by Lee Littlewood
Sun May 11, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: still in there trying
Replies: 10
Views: 4220

Re: still in there trying

Hey, hot stuff! I think I see: In the top one - red variegated on the fish, green variegated on the bear and in the newspaper, and the letters still full of silver, everything mirrored #2 has abalone in the fish, same green variegated in the bear, red variegated in the newspaper, and maybe copper in...
by Lee Littlewood
Fri May 02, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL LOCATION OF INTERNATIONAL LETTERHEADS 2015
Replies: 14
Views: 5827

Re: OFFICIAL LOCATION OF INTERNATIONAL LETTERHEADS 2015

WISH LIST continued:

Hand lettering: casual to script
Hand lettering: shocards

Gilding: solution gilding/silvering

Victorian layouts & techniques

Sign restoring techniques

Book area/archives/copy machines

25 hour days
by Lee Littlewood
Fri May 02, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Intro and question
Replies: 6
Views: 2262

Re: Intro and question

Welcome to you, Trip. I'm not sure I see the problem here - you don't really use your handwriting when you are lettering. The English call it "Sign Writing", but I've always thought of that as a target to shoot at more than a description. Americans call it "Sign Painting", and most of the work reall...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL LOCATION OF INTERNATIONAL LETTERHEADS 2015
Replies: 14
Views: 5827

Re: OFFICIAL LOCATION OF INTERNATIONAL LETTERHEADS 2015

It's on my calendar (in pencil).

Is there a volunteer list started???
by Lee Littlewood
Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: ClearCoat over 23k Goldleaf
Replies: 8
Views: 3654

Re: ClearCoat over 23k Goldleaf

If the boat owner is going to be applying more coats, i will try to use what they use so it will all be compatible. If I am the last coat I'll go with a good marine varnish with UV protection - a 'spar' varnish or 'n's' varnish. The automotive clears may be even better but I don't know enough about ...
by Lee Littlewood
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: No news?
Replies: 87
Views: 36382

Re: No news?

So, the silvered glass pieces are reflectors and they are inside, above the bulbs?
What backup did you use to protect the silver? I would bet it gets hot in there. I remember seeing an opaque projector with a cast aluminum reflector...
by Lee Littlewood
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:33 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: ClearCoat over 23k Goldleaf
Replies: 8
Views: 3654

Re: ClearCoat over 23k Goldleaf

Nice job. And with the shade dry you can clean up the edges with the red on 2nd day. Good to see the boat is indoors. When you were wiping off the extra gold did you do the final wipe in a horizontal direction? It's not really spinning, but even a light wipe with velvet or cotton will leave some mic...
by Lee Littlewood
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:25 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wednesday April 16 Changeover
Replies: 12
Views: 4157

Re: Wednesday April 16 Changeover

Mike, thanks for all the work. It's hard for civilians to know how much work goes into these Internet goodies that we take for granted. I know you're explaining not complaining, and it is good to hear something of the hours and dollars that get used up. Blessings on you. I think it would be nice if ...
by Lee Littlewood
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: first alphabet
Replies: 17
Views: 7186

Re: first alphabet

Nice lettering - mostly smooth strokes, consistent letterforms, good coverage. But a bit more margin would help - they feel sorta like a guy wearing a tie that is too tight. Let me put in a plug for thumbnail drawings - they can be real loose, but for learning practice I think 'sort of' accurate is ...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: ClearCoat over 23k Goldleaf
Replies: 8
Views: 3654

Re: ClearCoat over 23k Goldleaf

(sorry to be late, you will have the job done by the time this is posted..) My feeling on gold leaf is that you try to NOT overvarnish it - the color is dulled and the longevity is compromised. But if it will be rubbed (as on a vehicle or boat) then I like to spin the gold first. My imagining is tha...
by Lee Littlewood
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wednesday April 16 Changeover
Replies: 12
Views: 4157

Re: Wednesday April 16 Changeover

yeah, you admin guys & gals do amazing work. Many Thanks.

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by Lee Littlewood
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:19 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bitumen and Asphalt, dentistry HF and assorted questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 2539

Re: Bitumen and Asphalt, dentistry HF and assorted questions.

Julio, on the LeFranc 3 hour size: It has changed some. I never used the old stuff (yellow label, and I think for awhile a mauve label), but the new version (white label) seems to gild fine. Just one thing - DON'T MIX ANYTHING WITH IT! You can't mix it with the LeFranc slow size, or with Rolco quick...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: first alphabet
Replies: 17
Views: 7186

Re: first alphabet / be mine

Looks good, but a bit crowded on the board. Shocard writers were always taught to give wide margins; signpainters tend to use up the space more. Some times just changing the surrounding 'white space' can make the same layout go from 'elegant' to 'industrial'. The nice thing about hand lettering is t...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: still in there trying
Replies: 10
Views: 4220

Re: still in there trying

I would agree with Roderick, but it seems like your art work (the black lines) are important, so they need to be under the silver. So I would change it around a little bit: 1) Register your glass pieces in the silk screen setup. Check every piece, that it is sitting well against the stops. Mark "up"...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Suddenly we have a gilded glass!
Replies: 6
Views: 3006

Re: Suddenly we have a gilded glass!

Hi Julio, and Happy New Year to you too. I hope your silkscreen project goes well. We use SS printing for many things, especially with gold leaf or spray silver - it allows very accurate work and it is good for multiple copy work. Getting a good work table and clamps is a big help. Of course, gettin...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Dublin signwriters short film
Replies: 16
Views: 6578

Re: Dublin signwriters short film

Pat Mackle said, "Here in the states I seem to find that very old window signs were painted on the outside of the stores, while most of the newer ones are painted on the inside (maybe to insure a longer life due to the shorter durability of today's low VOC and lead free paints). I'm sure it is faste...
by Lee Littlewood
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Newbie; need help with practice materials.
Replies: 4
Views: 2069

Re: Newbie; need help with practice materials.

The fingerpainting paper is a good idea - I got some for a calligraphy class and never thought about it with 1Shot. It feels like it will work... Otherwise, the old staple was a piece of glass. Either wipe it off with mineral spirits when you're done practicing, or scrape it off with a razor scraper...
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Suddenly we have a gilded glass!
Replies: 6
Views: 3006

Re: Suddenly we have a gilded glass!

Julio, Are you sure the art stores don't have silk-screen ink? I don't know if textile ink (for tee shirts) would work, but a standard solvent based ink would probably work better than a varnish mix. When they make SS ink they make it fairly stiff, so it stays where you put it on the surface (no ble...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:59 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Suddenly we have a gilded glass!
Replies: 6
Views: 3006

Re: Suddenly we have a gilded glass!

Julio, If you have done much silk screening on hard surfaces (not tee-shirts), then printing on glass isn't too big a change. You need to have reliable rests for the screen, proper off-contact, and thick enough ink. Stops on glass: We have a set of glass worker's small suction cups (expensive) and h...
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Alf Becker alphabets
Replies: 10
Views: 4501

Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Terry - the book has nothing called "Modern Bold". Can you make out if it is a Roman or sans-serif? He has some "Moderns" and some "bolds" in both sections. Here is "Modern Script" - see if it looks right. I couldn't stop and also include "Modified Modern Script" - what a snazzy page layout. Becker6...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Camoflauge Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 3988

Re: Camoflauge Letters

So Rob, what is the process of making the transfer print? From what I saw on the web, one makes a print (with special ink?) on a piece of special paper, then floats the paper on top of the water bath. The paper dissolves out, leaving the pigment floating - you dip an object in and the pigment wraps ...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL

As Tim says: "Thanks Mike, Danny and the Denver crew for making this place available." Might it be possible to slip some coin your way to pay for the upkeep? Is there such a thing as a Treasurer, or (I love the phrase) a Sinking Fund? Happy New Year and Many Gilded Returns (or split-blended or shade...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Alf Becker alphabets
Replies: 10
Views: 4501

Re: Alf Becker alphabets

Hi Terry,
I have a copy of "100 Alphabets" by Alf R Becker - it might have the ones you are looking for. Do you know the names of the alphabets?
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PS: I didn't know that anyone had compiled the total 320 alphabets. Who? When? Where?
by Lee Littlewood
Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Decorative Glass Processes...
Replies: 18
Views: 7899

Re: Decorative Glass Processes...

"...clever animatron creation..." Whoo, I'll say. I wonder what they did sell for (the clip has a 2011 date)?
The x-ray view needs to be a poster, to see how things work.
Now if it only had some nice lettering on it, it might be worth something...
by Lee Littlewood
Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: List of Sign Related Books (some out of print)
Replies: 41
Views: 41795

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

This is not a sign book, really, but still it is an eye-opener. Wood type was usually used like other type - print black ink on white paper - but sometimes a printer would use color. And if one were an adventurous, meticulous printer, there were 'chromatic' types that printed over themselves (in reg...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Old Sign Kit For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 4725

Re: Old Sign Kit For Sale

Way cool, although it is strange that he did not put his name on his kit. The usual folded packets of bronze powders, a few books of Hastings patent leaf, some dutch metal or aluminum. Also some old brushes - in quill, but without handles, like Ray LeBlanc talks about. And a small tin of Murphy's va...
by Lee Littlewood
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 5583

Re: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

So, Pat, the "float glass" will have one side 'tinned' by being in contact with liquid tin? And one can detect which side is which with a blacklight? ...for all the good it'll do you; if the glass is in place you work on the side you can work on. I have in my imagination a vision of a 'sausage' of g...
by Lee Littlewood
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:13 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 5583

Re: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

Nice work! If the glass is old glass it makes the gold 'more active' somehow, so don't let a contractor "improve" the transoms if possible. {I once did a series of 2nd floor gold names for a law firm - as LeBlanc says, you don't have to be super accurate, just spell it right. Anyway, when I got down...
by Lee Littlewood
Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal
Replies: 13
Views: 5583

Re: Magic Eraser for excess gold removal

..."19 gilded transoms..." How about some pix? Do you have a good chiropractor? "Magic Eraser" - sounds like a good idea; I've never heard of such. But if you are trying to get rid of the little bit of "flash" from gold that wraps around the outlines on a Boston gild - yes, it is a pain. I've always...