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Robert Schwieger
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Thorn Tip

Post by Robert Schwieger » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:18 am

Just curious. Any results from using the Thorn Tip?

Dan Seese
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Re: Thorn Tip

Post by Dan Seese » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:32 pm

Hey Robert,

I've never used the Thorn Tip but have heard some good things about it. Doing a search on the forum, I did see it mentioned here: ... f=2&t=3947

Hopefully someone who has used one can give you some feedback.
"The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne."
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340 - 1400)

Andrew Lawrence
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Re: Thorn Tip

Post by Andrew Lawrence » Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:54 pm

I've seen a few novice gilders use it with novice results. There's no magic tip (including the Smith Tip)
that you can break out and get a perfect gild with. Every tip is just a tool and to have mastery over it
requires time and practice. In my observations, it's a really slow operation and the results are somewhat
mixed. Honestly, you'd be better off with a normal gilders tip in my opinion. There's no substitute or short
cut for expertise and time spent refining ones craft.

Chris Rummell
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Re: Thorn Tip

Post by Chris Rummell » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:10 pm

I got one for a project covering a lot of square footage on glass. In my initial tests, I've found it to be slower than a regular tip mostly because I haven't figured out a way to hold onto everything at once. As Andrew said, it's not a magic device, though it does help lay full sheets in an orderly fashion.

Simple handling of full leaves
Waterproof mesh - doesn't absorb water if you touch the size (not uncommon since the screen area is larger than the leaf)
Lots of visibility around the leaf as you're positioning it

Slower than a traditional tip
Mostly designed for gilding flat surfaces
Still subject to tearing leaves, overcharging, and all the other gilding hazards

So I up weighing the time lost vs area covered. I have a feeling I could almost lay twice as many half sheets with a regular tip at about the same rate (albeit with twice the seams), a very experienced gilder might handle full sheets equally well. For all but the largest jobs, I'll probably stick with the regular tip.

These were my experiences, your mileage may vary.

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