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by cam bortz
Thu Aug 19, 2004 2:05 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: It's becoming obsolete - paint? No! Vinyl!
Replies: 4
Views: 2258

It's becoming obsolete - paint? No! Vinyl!

At least in my world. More specifically, cutting vinyl lettering. I haven't cut much of anything in over a month, as part of an experiment in how much weeding (which I hate like a toothache) I can avoid having to do. To oversimplify, it's like this: If the copy is large enough to paint, I paint it. ...
by cam bortz
Wed Jul 28, 2004 6:25 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Signmaking 101: Mahl Sticks
Replies: 15
Views: 7825

My own favorite stick is a 3/8" dowel, with a rubber end such as you put on a chair leg. The end is wrapped with cloth bicycle-handlebar tape. The edge of the end plug is such that it can be hung onto the top edge of a signboard, handy for using the stick to guide straight pinstripe lines on the edg...
by cam bortz
Wed Jul 14, 2004 11:08 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: AKA: Handlettering
Replies: 21
Views: 10882

It occurs to me that technology in this industry replaces tasks which a few people could do because they enjoyed them, with tedious, mind-numbing work that anyone can do, bu no one enjoys - or am I missing the folks who write about the rapturous joys of weeding? Vinyl is to me a technical substitute...
by cam bortz
Mon Jun 28, 2004 5:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: AKA: Handlettering
Replies: 21
Views: 10882

Like other hand crafts, hand lettering will die out in general use, and continue to be learned and used by a few specialists, who will find a market for it. That's economic reality; supply and demand does and will continue to dictate value. I am eternally thankful that I entered this trade at a time...
by cam bortz
Fri Jun 11, 2004 2:01 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 3 Questions on Gilding plastic letters
Replies: 4
Views: 2968

Order your letters in white. Don't prime the letters; they are fine as they are. Wipe them down with alcohol to clear off any dust and grease. If they have mounting studs, screw them in now so you have can handle the letters without fingerprints Size them with Lefranc 12-hour tinted with chrome yell...
by cam bortz
Wed May 26, 2004 10:53 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Strange days indeed
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

Actually, I'm just going to keep them here and hang them on a wall. Maybe if they are still here in a year or two I'll sell them on Ebay or something. I'm not sure how long property can be left before its considered abandoned, but at this point I'm merely amused by the whole thing - after all, they ...
by cam bortz
Tue May 25, 2004 8:15 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Strange days indeed
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

Strange days indeed

I wish I had money to play with like this... Back in September a client came to us recommended by a friend. She was building a bar/restaurant in a town in Ontario, Canada, and ordered two dimensional signs. Sign one is a carved, gilded DF hanging sign, with a custom bracket, 3'x4', the copy is "The ...