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by Kent Smith
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sign painting classes near Philly or Allentown PA?
Replies: 2
Views: 1475

Re: Sign painting classes near Philly or Allentown PA?

Judi's grandparents lived in Glenside so I knew a lot of good sign painters in the area and into Phila and across the river. Most are retired or dead now. Good traditions there though and an old-time shop near the Masonic downtown was still operating 5 or 6 years ago. You may need to do some network...
by Kent Smith
Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Help needed with pricing hand lettered signs and trucks.
Replies: 3
Views: 2075

Re: Help needed with pricing hand lettered signs and trucks.

Consider the fact that the distinction for sign painters is more a matter of design ability, not the materials used to complete the project. Having said that, one should be paid for the ability to hand letter as well. When you add those together, the finished product is worth more, not less. There i...
by Kent Smith
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Looking for good software advice.
Replies: 25
Views: 10721

Re: Looking for good software advice.

My two cents worth, I am still a Gerber Omega user and am very happy with all the tools available, especially in the current 5.0 version. I have rarely needed any other program to complete my tasks and am glad I made the initial investment so many years ago.
by Kent Smith
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Black glass
Replies: 12
Views: 4919

Re: Black glass

Nice classic signs Erik. Carrara was a trade name for Vitrolite, also a Libby-Owens Ford trade name if I remember correctly.
by Kent Smith
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 2524

Re: Advice

While what Joe says can be true and also of shellac, there must be some raw wood to adhere to. Bees Wax is a great repellant and is not effected by many known solvents and cannot be completely removed. I would go with a panel attached where you have control over the coatings.
by Kent Smith
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Covering a whole window with 1Shot
Replies: 11
Views: 4200

Re: Covering a whole window with 1Shot

This sounds like a viable option especially if air flow is allowed between the panel and the glass. I also like the idea of the extra depth for the scroll. Thinking on your feet or just plain planning ahead results in a more profitable project.
by Kent Smith
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Covering a whole window with 1Shot
Replies: 11
Views: 4200

Re: Covering a whole window with 1Shot

Even with white, it is a good idea to leave that 3/4" to 1" edge all around the glass which reduces the risk of craking the glass due to the expansion variant.
by Kent Smith
Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: antique shop window
Replies: 16
Views: 6579

Re: antique shop window

Nicely done Bob. Thanks for the plug. I like to use technology when I can to expedite the completion and consequential remuneration. Glad to see you mention the coffee and food breaks, it really seems to help keep us from going back to it too soon. I also would prefer to plan well in advance and spe...
by Kent Smith
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Black glass
Replies: 12
Views: 4919

Re: Black glass

Nice to see this glass again, I will keep it in mind for future projects.
by Kent Smith
Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Problem With Water Gilding
Replies: 28
Views: 12756

Re: Problem With Water Gilding

I agree with Erik, especially if they have a local office they will stand behind the product. I am not familiar with Noris but Manetti is a time honored company. I cannot tell the source nor the handling care or carelessness with the Ebay gold. The transfer leaf is a definite problem as the gold ret...
by Kent Smith
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Problem With Water Gilding
Replies: 28
Views: 12756

Re: Problem With Water Gilding

So which gold from ebay did you use? Could it have been transfer leaf?
by Kent Smith
Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Problem With Water Gilding
Replies: 28
Views: 12756

Re: Problem With Water Gilding

I would be more concerned with the leaf itself. What brand, what type of paper is the book and does the leaf appear to have this texture in the book? This texture is most often seen when using patent leaf on glass using water size.
by Kent Smith
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: New in Signs and questioning !
Replies: 8
Views: 3077

Re: New in Signs and questioning !

We created tinting white and tinting black to go with our color matching system for Pantone simulations. They both have emulsifiers so that they stay in suspension when mixing colors. Regular black and white tend to fall out of the mix. It is true that they tend to be more transparent and consequent...
by Kent Smith
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: First Glass Piece Review
Replies: 10
Views: 5794

Re: First Glass Piece Review

Many of the products that are listed in the text are not the same, no longer available or not available in your area. Perhaps Dave can help you find the ones you need.

The overall appearance of this piece is great so I hope you will be able to find materials that will make this work viable and last.
by Kent Smith
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Recipe for gold size.
Replies: 1
Views: 1341

Re: Recipe for gold size.

This formula is very old with the Atkinson formula being more "modern" and still not up to current formulary and ingredients. One real issue is that heating linseed oil in this fashion is very dangerous as it will burst into flames at the most unexpected time. There were stories of gilders in the ea...
by Kent Smith
Thu May 23, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Tornado through Moore, OK
Replies: 14
Views: 4036

Re: Tornado through Moore, OK

So glad to hear your Mom is ok. We flew over the bumpy air that was the storm and have been checking the news. I don't think we know anyone else in Moore but are thinking of them just the same.
by Kent Smith
Thu May 23, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Problem With Water Gilding
Replies: 28
Views: 12756

Re: Problem With Water Gilding

I have been getting emails to respond to this post so here are my thoughts. Looking at your photos and description, I see many errors each of which or all of them collectively will result in failure, as indicated by others. Successful gilding requires developing a thoughtful step by step process to ...
by Kent Smith
Sat May 18, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Projectors
Replies: 10
Views: 3500

Re: Projectors

As a matter of historical perspective, the ancient Egyptians were the first to use pounce patterns and I have seen drawings of a pounce wheel used by Michelangelo. Doing your designs in the comfort of your studio and then using any technology to replicate or transfer them to the final surface is sti...
by Kent Smith
Sun May 12, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Yet another newbie.
Replies: 6
Views: 2461

Re: Yet another newbie.

Durasolv was an OTC version of the High Temp and Low Temp reducers we created, now available under the OneShot label.
by Kent Smith
Sun May 12, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: chester cunningham.......
Replies: 7
Views: 3117

Re: chester cunningham.......

I found my copy today Lee but not the coat hangers...I am with Ray on price.
by Kent Smith
Sun May 12, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Surface gild failure.......any ideas??
Replies: 5
Views: 2462

Re: Surface gild failure.......any ideas??

The hardener is formulated so nothing is supposed to adhere to it after it cures. Acrylic could add to the issue, what type are you using?
by Kent Smith
Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sandblasted Letter Gilding
Replies: 12
Views: 4835

Re: Sandblasted Letter Gilding

Clear acrylics work well for this purpose but gold size will not adhere well to the polyurethane. We used to use gold size, quick rubbing varnish or WW window spar, depending upon desired dry time. Any will work and the more orange varnish tended to mitigate the green glass issue. In the 50's though...
by Kent Smith
Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lefranc original gold size.
Replies: 35
Views: 12365

Re: Lefranc original gold size.

Good to hear about Rolco, they were always good to us and hope they can recover soon.
by Kent Smith
Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lefranc original gold size.
Replies: 35
Views: 12365

Re: Lefranc original gold size.

We had some of the same issues as Danny mentions as did Rolco when Chromatic was selling size. Our resin supplier was wrestling with changing regulations not to mention interpretations of the Fed. inspectors. I have some 50 year old size from both LeFranc and Hastings that still work well so I still...
by Kent Smith
Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lefranc original gold size.
Replies: 35
Views: 12365

Re: Lefranc original gold size.

I never thought about using stand oil in this fashion but it is a thickened linseed oil. I would want to do some testing but theoretically it should work. I don't know if the heating process with oxygen eliminated would effect the curing or adhesion. It is the base material when hydrogenated, become...
by Kent Smith
Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lefranc original gold size.
Replies: 35
Views: 12365

Re: Lefranc original gold size.

Erik and others interested, adding white lead by itself would be a disaster. First you must make a lead dryer which is made with pure mineral spirits or naphtha (sometimes turpentine). The simple formulae is to add 3% by weight of white lead to the solvent and stir vigorously until all the lead disa...
by Kent Smith
Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lefranc original gold size.
Replies: 35
Views: 12365

Re: Lefranc original gold size.

I rarely gild on slow size in less than two days. I have always thought that the 12 hours was the earliest possible time frame in the dryest and warm conditions. I have had good results with the lead free, works more like Hastings did but certainly a few days for a great gild. Cobalt dryer tends to ...
by Kent Smith
Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: a different boston gild.......
Replies: 4
Views: 2384

Re: a different boston gild.......

Boston is indeed single gild with one leaf color over "dry" clear with the paint outlines in place. Palladium is too brittle to bridge both the clear center for the matte and the paint outline without having many holidays. Double gild by dong the matte onto clear size with the burnish outlines in pl...
by Kent Smith
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Help! Oil-base chalkboard paint discontinued
Replies: 5
Views: 2058

Re: Help! Oil-base chalkboard paint discontinued

You can add powdered pumice to any enamel color to make a suitable chalkboard coating. The heavier pigment load in the enamel, the more pumice will be needed. For example, more is needed in lettering enamel than bulletin and much less is needed in industrial enamel. Typical addition is between 10% a...