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by BruceJackson
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: No news?
Replies: 87
Views: 42700

Re: No news?

Erik, the brass (schlag) is just coated with varnish...Plain old oil-based varnish. There's about 20 square meters of it in each tram. I mark up a grid on the panel as a guide for accurate leaf placement, size it, and apply the brass leaf. I found one easy way to do it, by placing the leaf onto a pi...
by BruceJackson
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:20 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: No news?
Replies: 87
Views: 42700

Re: No news?

Here's a few recent jobs. I'm currently doing some work on two new restaurant trams. These trams tour around the city (Melbourne, Australia) while patrons enjoy a meal and drinks. The trams are "W" class, from the 1930's, but re-built with modern running gear/electrics/ etc. I do all the outside dec...
by BruceJackson
Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gold Leaf
Replies: 20
Views: 8991

Re: Gold Leaf

I'm not too worried about gold leaf manufacturing being outsourced or re-badged. After all, what matters is the quality of the end product. Outsourcing, as a model of business, is standard in all other industries. The brand name is a commodity in itself. If the brand is going to have any meaning, it...
by BruceJackson
Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: antique shop window
Replies: 16
Views: 6739

Re: antique shop window

nice Job, You're a brave man tackling a job that size in one day. At the least, I'd want to leave it overnight before before cleaning off the excess gold. It's quite a lot of work to cram into 9 hours...i think you've been very efficient with your time. Must have had warm weather too. I find waiting...
by BruceJackson
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Piet Mondrian table top - query
Replies: 2
Views: 1380

Re: Piet Mondrian table top - query

Hi Jeth, welcome aboard. Q1. Definitely needed!...in this situation, I always try to have a space between the back of the work and any surface. With the painting on the back of glass, what you are doing is resting it directly onto a surface. You'd never do that with a regular painting. Over the cour...
by BruceJackson
Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glass signs of Porto
Replies: 14
Views: 4351

Re: Glass signs of Porto

love it, love it, love it.....it's interesting, and not really surprising, to see the similarity with some of the transom glass signs elsewhere in Europe, especially France. Some great examples of period lettering styles. Would love to know what was in the right-side panel of the "Casa de S.Jose". T...
by BruceJackson
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gold Leaf
Replies: 20
Views: 8991

Re: Gold Leaf

Hi Doug, It would be unfair of me to post the name in a public space such as this forum. My contact at this particular Chinese factory tells me that they often make leaf for various European gold leaf houses. I got them to make a batch of moon gold (60 books) for me last year, and he told me that th...
by BruceJackson
Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Old Gold and Glass
Replies: 4
Views: 1761

Re: Old Gold and Glass

Nice...thanks for posting...

The crushed tin foil thing was often used as a backing for folk art paintings on glass. it's usually not attached to the glass. It's just loose and sits in the frame behind the work.

For that matter, you might see silk cloth or butterfly wings used the same way.
by BruceJackson
Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gold Leaf
Replies: 20
Views: 8991

Re: Gold Leaf

makes me feel like some backwoods hillbilly....T'aint never seem them thar glassene packets. Honestly, in the 20 odd years I've been gilding, using leaf from many different sources, I've never yet had one come in a packet like that. Even the few antique books I've acquired from different sources hav...
by BruceJackson
Sun May 15, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: One shot back into the can?
Replies: 1
Views: 924

Re: One shot back into the can?

I never return paint to the can. I used to do it years ago, and noticed I would often get "seeds" in the paint. Seeds, being little grainy bits of semi-dried paint. I don't get seeds these days. The conventional wisdom is that is makes the paint go off much quicker. Short of a controlled comparative...
by BruceJackson
Thu May 12, 2011 6:09 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: New member from Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 1170

Re: New member from Australia

Hi Judith and Welcome, I'm not that far away. I'm a couple of hours drive on the other side of Melbourne, in Warrandyte. You'll find a lot of good info and talented people on this forum. It's a great resource, especially all the highly specific discussions on rare techniques and methods that can be ...
by BruceJackson
Tue May 10, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!
Replies: 13
Views: 6308

Re: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!

Danny, thanks for the correction. I was just guessing the strength range. I remember being told to look for 5X grade...which I always assumed was one of the highest grades. I never did manage to get hold of this type because i had good results with the rabbit skin/pearl glue mixture that I mentioned...
by BruceJackson
Sun May 08, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!
Replies: 13
Views: 6308

Re: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!

Just to add another comment: I recall there have been discussions on glues and relative strengths and properties before. It would be worth a search of the forum archive. I've forgotten the technical details, but I know that these animal-sourced glues and gelatins are graded and given a number accord...
by BruceJackson
Thu May 05, 2011 4:51 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!
Replies: 13
Views: 6308

Re: GLUE CHIPPING HELP !!!

You can use rabbit skin glue, but it all depends on the quality of the glue. It varies quite a lot. I have some rabbit skin glue that is a dirty brown color and it works brilliantly. Glue from another source was a honey yellow color and is useless. go figure. An alternative is pearl glue or joiner's...
by BruceJackson
Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:55 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: abalone train
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Re: abalone train

there was another post a few days ago pointing to this sign. In one way, I'm glad signs are starting to realize some decent value, but I also feel that this one is over-priced and can't be regarded as a typical example of sign collectibility. It's just not that outstanding compared to some other wor...
by BruceJackson
Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Are yellow page ads really necessary?
Replies: 4
Views: 1774

Re: Are yellow page ads really necessary?

I started gradually reduced my yellow pages advertising spend about 15 years ago when I started to specialize in gold leaf work, and reduce my regular sign work. It was always an expensive place and never really seemed to be worth it. At least with a speciality, you could be more focused and not pay...
by BruceJackson
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: gilding a mirror in leaf
Replies: 33
Views: 11448

Re: gilding a mirror in leaf

Using beer certainly gave the pattern of laid leaves more definition. It shows clearly each sheet, and has some nice variation in the reflectivity from the edge of a sheet to the middle. You got the "fogginess" right. I'd love to see it now after 8 years. Any change in appearance? I'd like to think ...
by BruceJackson
Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Tin Mirrors
Replies: 5
Views: 2009

Re: Tin Mirrors

can anyone suggest some online resources for this type of reading? I know the basic theory behind this process. I've spoken with guys that specialize in making mirror and they've given me some lay knowledge of the chemicals and methods, but the details of formulations has always been a bit of a myst...
by BruceJackson
Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Manual tube filling machine...
Replies: 10
Views: 4103

Re: Manual tube filling machine...

So what are you going to put in those tubes? The guy who makes my favourite back-up paint, Vipond's drop black, told me he hasn't made a new batch for 3 or 4 years and is just slowly selling old stock. In fact, when my local sign supplies shop stopped stocking it recently, I called him and he said.....
by BruceJackson
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Seeking Trip Advise
Replies: 2
Views: 1346

Re: Seeking Trip Advise

Hi Robare, I have never been there myself, but I have a list of things I would want to do. First would be the MET. To see the work of Jean Dupas. He did the huge art deco glass murals that were on the cruise ship "Normandie". But the absolute "must do", is a nearby trip to the Corning Museum of glas...
by BruceJackson
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Updated Scam
Replies: 4
Views: 1556

Re: Updated Scam

I've had them too. Quite a few actually. The thing that always makes them obvious is the lack of discussion about their specific requirements. They just place a big order without any request for information or questions about what I will supply. A genuine client always wants to know exactly what the...
by BruceJackson
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Color Photo - 1906
Replies: 2
Views: 1517

Re: Color Photo - 1906

Wow, these photos are even more extraordinary for another reason. They are 3D photos. They are meant to be seen through one of the old viewers. I don't have one of the viewers available and you probably don't either, but you can see it in 3D without a viewer. Go to the page where they where publishe...
by BruceJackson
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Oil for Gold
Replies: 2
Views: 1049

Re: Oil for Gold

With several thousand years of status tied to gold, I think the revolution to lower people's desire for it is going to be a very very slow one. Actually...gold may not be worth as much as it used to be... Cheer up Robare, I read somewhere, that if gold kept pace with inflation over the last 30 years...
by BruceJackson
Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Florence window gilding
Replies: 16
Views: 7804

Re: Florence window gilding

nice. I started using this design combination in the late 80's and ended up doing quite a few windows in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Similar to your first photo, using a classic Roman pointy-serif style in a prismatic to emulate a stone-carved letter. It became a bit of a signature style. For th...
by BruceJackson
Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: House Film
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

Re: House Film

Nice little video. I like the music too. it's unusual but catchy.
thanks for posting.
by BruceJackson
Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Possible Down Time for this Forum
Replies: 7
Views: 1738

Re: Possible Down Time for this Forum

Hi Mike, I just wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for continuing to administer the forum. It has been quite a few years now, and i appreciate the effort. I, like some others, go through phases, when I don't visit the forum very often, but lately have been checking it almost daily. The foru...
by BruceJackson
Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:42 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: WHERE TO ORDER LEAF?
Replies: 8
Views: 2286

Re: WHERE TO ORDER LEAF?

I faced this dilema a few years ago when my favorite manufacturer and supplier stopped hand-beating leaf and started importing it. They were importing from German beaters and also from China I decided to simply go direct. With a bit of hunting around you can easily find several makers based in China...
by BruceJackson
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Hensley Co.
Replies: 85
Views: 49763

Re: The Hensley Co.

a few dollars? OMG...that is just sad. I've been doing a few mirrors in collaboration with a well-known artist. He paints his design on the glass and I do an aged mirror effect in white gold leaf. The large ones (1200mm x 900mm) go for around $10,000. The prices of things just don't follow any logic...
by BruceJackson
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Article in national sign magazine about our firm
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Re: Article in national sign magazine about our firm

Danny, I simply cut and pasted from the pdf into google translator, one section at a time...maybe a total of 6-8 cut/paste to read it all. Mine opened up the file separately into adobe acrobat (not within a browser window). This may be the difference. Erik, I also have to agree with Danny that work ...
by BruceJackson
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Hensley Co.
Replies: 85
Views: 49763

Re: The Hensley Co.

I'm glad this post was bumped up again giving me an introduction to Dean Hensley. Thanks Pat for such a moving and beautifully written potted biography. Brought a tear to my eye. I wonder if others have noted a connection between motorcyles and signwriting? For some reason there seems to be connecti...