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DAVE SMITH
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The Ginstitute. Portobello Road ,London

Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:23 pm

Recently finished this panel along wth two others for a museum on the Portobello Rd in London. The Ginstitute is a building which has served beverages on and off since possibly as long ago as 1740- The Ginstitute boasts: a small re-creation of a Victorian Gin Palace Bar- complete with a staggering selection of Gins, cabinets full of interesting historical Gin artifacts, including many antique bottles, vintage advertising pieces, archive materials from the most famous distillers of London Gin.

Proudly staking its claim as London’s Second Smallest Museum, The Ginstitute is a new independent home for Gin in London – created with the help and co-operation of all the most important distillers of London Gin. It will play regular host to master classes and tasting sessions by some of the greatest names in modern gin. The glass panels are on the main walls inside the museum, i will post some more images once the glass is in place.
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Re: The Ginstitute. Portobello Road ,London

Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:27 pm

Cut glass and signwork
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Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:28 pm

some more angles.. various tones of acid and cut glass.
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Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:31 pm

close up shots.
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Post by Dan Seese » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:19 pm

Absolutely astonishing, Dave!
You just keep pushing the envelope and demonstrating that the craft is alive, vibrant and bursting with energy.
Thank you for giving us a peek into your latest project.
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Re: The Ginstitute. Portobello Road ,London

Post by Rich Hawthorne » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:20 pm

Beautiful Dave. Just beautiful. Thank you for showing us this extraordinary work.

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Post by Kelly Thorson » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:17 am

wow
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Post by Will Lynes » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:35 am

You're an animal mate!! So good!

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Post by Jerry Berg » Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:53 am

Wow Dave, stunning work. Thanks for posting!

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Post by Dan Seese » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:19 am

Dave,
Is that slumped glass?
There are some views where it looks as though the glass is curved - or is that because a wide angle lens is being used in your photos?
Will these panels be used as a mirror behind a bar? Looking forward to seeing the completed project in place.
Now get back to work, my friend!
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Re: The Ginstitute. Portobello Road ,London

Post by Bob Sauls » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:16 pm

Will someone help me find my jaw? I am quite sure it's on the floor around here, somewhere.

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Post by Tyler Tim » Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:11 am

Bob I think I tripped over it and it slid under the bench.... :shock: .

Dave did you use a photo resist screen and print your negative image?
Also did you etch register your ground elements then grind or grind then etch?

SimplyImage work as Bob mentioned.

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Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:35 pm

Kind words from all you nice folks, except the Australian with the funny name called Will! . lol
Dan it is not slumped, must be the photography and angles it's creating , thank you!..

Tyler, no screens on this panel were used ,everything was handwork but needed to be pretty exact for the handcut vinyl sections for acid work.
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Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:39 pm

other shots of these panels. colours probably don't do them justice if you don't mind me saying....

Smith tip gild on last picture.!.

Dave
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Post by Lee Littlewood » Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:11 am

"...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 demonstration he saw at a sign convention in Seattle (I think), where the guy had both the size brush and the tip in one hand. Tip in fingers, size brush sticking out the bottom. Dunk the size brush, swipe across the glass, pick the leaf on the tip and lay -- he said the guy said that the secret to a good gild was a good layer of size, and that they were Very Nice Gilds. Yours looks like that.
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Post by Tyler Tim » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:32 am

Dave

Hand cut... your symmetry is beyond and your little circlets are perfect. What type of blade and holder are you using?

I think the colors in the secondary signs look good and reflect the feel of times past.

One other thing the cuts next to THE on the Ginstitute has a iridescent green appearance. Is that a glaze mirrored over? Also can you post a over all photo.

So what would it cost me for one of your Smith Tips?

Thanks Tim
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Post by DAVE SMITH » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:40 pm

Hi Lee.

I gild from the top down one leaf at a time taking my time, no rushing! plenty of size in the area to be gilded but also extending to keep the next area wet and so on. I use to watch my mate John Studden who has this technique down to a fine art! he kept it wet and worked in half sheets direct from the hand. My gilds at present are looking like an Angelgild finish , I put this down to good quality gold and fresh gelatine with fresh distilled water, if burnished well you can't see the joins but in this case with these fine lines joins really would not matter. Tyler. The lettered panels were screened, some of this detail is impossible to letter due to size, all the shades were hand painted. If this was bigger I would prefer to write it by hand, kind of gives it even more character some slightly uneven lines . The cirles on the cut glass known as punties all have a pre cut mask for even circles but that was all. I used Asphaltum varnish for the embossing.

The cuts in green is just the green plate glass shinning through the extra deep cutting of the V cut. On these sections I used diamond wheels to cut with, the cut is very close to the front surface, hence the reflecting green hue you are seeing on the bevel.

You can buy direct from me for the tips or Sarah King at Angel Gilding supplies sells them out of Chicago.

Here is my email if you need one. chapman_and_smith@btinternet.com

hope that helps...


Thanks again.
Dave

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Post by joe cieslowski » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:40 pm

It always makes my day/week/month to be able to see your amazing work.

Thank You Dave!

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Post by DAVE SMITH » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:15 am

Thanks Joe! Dan .forgot to say, yes it is a back wall mirror. Basically when people take the tour they would sit infront of these panels while drinking the Gin.

Thanks
Dave

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Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:30 pm

I put a colour blend into this panel, kind of finishes this off with some vibrance.
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Post by DAVE SMITH » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:34 pm

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Post by Raymond Chapman » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:25 am

Simply amazing. In centuries to come, archeologists will be ranking this guy as the master artistian of our era.

Congratulations. You have surpassed all.

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Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:29 pm

Thanks Raymond. Very nice compliment from you. Ditto mate! they are more likely to dig me up and think they found an elphant !


cheers mate!

Dave

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Re: The Ginstitute. Portobello Road ,London

Post by Anthony Bennett » Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:39 pm

Brilliant work Dave, not so sure about that dodgy ole t-shirt though. You need a gold leafed one :D

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Post by DAVE SMITH » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:21 am

Thanks Anthony.

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