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by DAVE SMITH
Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:19 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: White Acid Panel, short step by step
Replies: 4
Views: 2043

White Acid Panel, short step by step

This is a piece I made a few days ago showing you some short step by steps of pouring white acid onto a big area of glass. I only at to white out the bottom half of this 40''x78'' piece of glass This was a trace of a window made in 1905 for a hotel window which recently was smashed. When Pouring int...
by DAVE SMITH
Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:36 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: How was this done?
Replies: 16
Views: 5215

acid

Hi Kelly. I made this little piece as a step by step a few years back using the techniques described here. In some areas on the words P.H.Zang I was getting a clear deep etch and others a deep matt etch more so on the word Co .I used household emulsion for the resist which I think is the same as Tem...
by DAVE SMITH
Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Revealed glass sign
Replies: 3
Views: 1746

Hi Wayne. That nearly happened to this sign also . When I spoke with the signfitters they told me they had already tried to drill the sign but found it to hard ,so they decided to scrape away some paint which revealed the glass. The reason they are scraping it off now is so they can stick double sid...
by DAVE SMITH
Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:39 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Revealed glass sign
Replies: 3
Views: 1746

Revealed glass sign

Hi I Wanted to share this with you. I was passing through the next town called Newton Abbot and saw a sign company scraping the paint off the front of a glass sign. I went back this morning to take some pics before they stick Vinyl over it and turn it into an Indian Restaurant which will happen on M...
by DAVE SMITH
Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:11 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Endeavour to Persevere...(it's done)
Replies: 37
Views: 23800

Looks to be another fine looking sign from the town of Machine.
Keep um coming Mr Blake

Mr Smith
by DAVE SMITH
Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: WANTED: Old Pinstriping photos,etc.
Replies: 7
Views: 4047

What a great picture , a true craftsman!
Thanks for showing us Kimberly
Dave.
by DAVE SMITH
Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Acid toning
Replies: 5
Views: 2234

Kelly I have some pieces which will be finished in a few days explaining the process a little. What I will do is post them here as a step by step, they are actually for Sign Business but that will be in a bit more detail for there mag. I am still waiting for the go ahead on the Edwards sign ,should ...
by DAVE SMITH
Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Any funny stories to share?
Replies: 37
Views: 18078

When I was an apprentice

I had a alot of funny times as an apprentice. I worked for a company called Harmony Signs, it was a 10 man set up ,all traditional old time signwriters the oldest being 72 and the youngest apart from being me at 16 was Gordon he would of been about 50.They were all a good bunch to work with ,crackin...
by DAVE SMITH
Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:55 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Acid toning
Replies: 5
Views: 2234

Thanks Wayne. These type of tones really only look good with pictures and scrolls but as you see with the London pubs and some of the wonderful photograph's that Doug has taken in and around London they can be used to very artistic effects ,when silvered or gilded and combined with brilliant cutting...
by DAVE SMITH
Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Acid toning
Replies: 5
Views: 2234

Acid toning

Hi folk's I was making some tests over the weekend with white acid. I needed a new test stripe so l ended up etching a panel 22''x16''with a banner design I used for my card. I etched a total of 7 tones- 8 including my canvas white tone . I have some Brilliant cut panels on the go and needed to get ...
by DAVE SMITH
Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Popcorn sign restoration by Rick Glawson
Replies: 7
Views: 2963

Hi Kent
Did you actually visit western Sandblast in Chicago? Ive also just seen a wheel of fortune on ebay made by Evans and co, who I think were also in Chicago area. am I correct?
Thanks for the reply Kent.
Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Whitetail Deer relief carving...step by step (Finished)
Replies: 15
Views: 8291

What a great job you made of this sign.
thanks for sharing Joe.
Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Popcorn sign restoration by Rick Glawson
Replies: 7
Views: 2963

Popcorn sign restoration by Rick Glawson

Hello guy's. I remember Rick restoring a popcorn sign back in the late 80's early 90's. I first seen it in The art of glue chipped glass signs book . I think this is the same one forsale on this auction site Jeff Lang sent to me yesterday. Is it the same one? the break in the corner looks the same. ...
by DAVE SMITH
Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Window Gilding Failure
Replies: 14
Views: 5526

Hi Dan.
Sorry to hear about your problem.

Try downloading Photobucket ,save your images there then post them here.
It's free to use Photobucket, then we can get a good look to see what's going on.

Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:09 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: More Tom Moore...
Replies: 2
Views: 1995

Nice piece Larry! Looks very old ,nice frame to compliment it also.
Are you on Skype yet?
Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:30 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Conclave '07
Replies: 14
Views: 5512

Looks like you guy's had a great time there. Those pieces look awsome, well done Johnny boy for keeping the Conclave alive!
Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:21 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Goldleaf Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 7976

workshops

Hi Bruce. Now that is a good plan! Ive always wanted to come out to Australia. I will be having this workshop at Gary Godby's in Virginia and if we get good numbers this time around there will also be one at Greg Hegers in Boston . This will be in September this year. As for these workshops now I wi...
by DAVE SMITH
Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:26 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Goldleaf Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 7976

update

High John. At the moment we only have 5 people for Larry's in Hayward and 6 for Noel's in Boise . I have held back on asking for any money to be sent incase of low numbers. When I mentioned it back in November I had the full amount of interest, but now Maybe this is not a good time for some people t...
by DAVE SMITH
Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:30 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Goldleaf Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 7976

accomodation

Hi Dennis. This is very kind of you to offer some of the people your hospitality whilst in Boise. Like I said in my post to Doug I hope we can all make this happen. I understand some of you could not get through using my email ,The email I have asked you all to reply to has underscores in the gaps b...
by DAVE SMITH
Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:12 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Goldleaf Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 7976

classes

Hello Doug.
We have been getting bookings here, there are still a few openings available for the classes in both Boise and Hayward Cal ,so any one wanting still to book can contact me on this email chapman_and_smith@btinternet.com

Thanks

I Hope to make this happen.

Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Longevity of water-gilded Copper Leaf on glass
Replies: 11
Views: 4183

Hi Bruce I have never used copper leaf for water gilding before only to acheive a matt finish using oilsize. What size were the sheets of copper used for the job Bruce? Schlag leaf ( dutch metal leaf)which is an alloy of copper and zinc is available in copper red and yellow is this what was used? Th...
by DAVE SMITH
Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:43 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Goldleaf Workshop
Replies: 16
Views: 7976

International Goldleaf Workshop

Hi Everyone I am about to bring to fruition a long-held ambition of mine to come to the States and share Gold-Leaf Techniques with you, with the help of two very good friends of mine, and leading exponents of Glass Gilding, Noel Weber and John Studden. I have organised two workshops, one in Californ...
by DAVE SMITH
Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: La Belle Supreme...New and Improved!
Replies: 5
Views: 1960

You made a real nice job of that piece Larry. The v cut is a great look to this type of sign.
Is the blend you talked about in the centre for the gold? I can't quiet tell from the pic
Always good to see what your upto.
Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:31 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Gold Leaf Workshop
Replies: 5
Views: 2016

Got your email Harry and your on the list.

Thanks
Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:31 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Gold Leaf Workshop
Replies: 5
Views: 2016

Dates

Kelly .Yes I will post everything here about the workshops. Once I have all the costs in which should be by the weekend I will make a post on all the information for the workshops. I'm organising all this through Skype and email, because of the time difference I tend to miss people. It will all come...
by DAVE SMITH
Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: International Gold Leaf Workshop
Replies: 5
Views: 2016

International Gold Leaf Workshop

Hi Everyone , I have now had time to think about organising three Goldleaf workshops in different locations in the U.S. I've held back on a formal annoucement due to a number of things happening here , but now I am getting together information on costs of materials and a plan how we can do this etc....
by DAVE SMITH
Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:28 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue Chipping inside a kiln
Replies: 8
Views: 3246

Sorry about that Larry my fault (makes sense), I 'll post it again under a new topic.
Some people may miss this .
Thanks mate
Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:05 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue Chipping inside a kiln
Replies: 8
Views: 3246

International Goldworkshop

The kiln worked great and would be great for control but I have found by keeping the glass warm in a room with the freshly poured glue sitting on top and letting it gel for a couple of hours and then placing it on a lightbox- (possibly enclosed lightbox) Only if you can't keep the room warm enough i...
by DAVE SMITH
Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue Chipping inside a kiln
Replies: 8
Views: 3246

Thanks Wayne it was fun to experiment on, I opened the kiln in the morning not knowing what to expect . worth trying it out if you have kiln.

Dave
by DAVE SMITH
Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:38 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue Chipping inside a kiln
Replies: 8
Views: 3246

Thanks Pat, That was something I was concerned about when I was putting the glass in but nothing was stuck to any of the elements or the sides it actually worked very well. I also phoned the kiln manufacturers and they said I would'nt get a problem because it being such a low temprature. I even went...