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by Kent Smith
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Silvering with Hand Held Triger Sprayers
Replies: 67
Views: 23226

Re: Silvering with Hand Held Triger Sprayers

One issue we isolated some years ago at Chromatic was a consistent source of tarnishing with clears and other coatings. The variable is in the solvents. Many petroleum based solvents such as mineral spirits contain significant quantities of sulfur. Most automotive grade two component urethanes and m...
by Kent Smith
Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Miniature Signs in HO Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 982

Re: Miniature Signs in HO Scale

Nice.

Also check out the Greeley Freight Station Museum here in town, many youtube videos available. They have the longest HO mainline anywhere with great scenery and signs too.
by Kent Smith
Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Who Made This ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1290

Re: Who Made This ?

Boy, I don't even remember the piece.
by Kent Smith
Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: No news?
Replies: 87
Views: 37556

Re: No news?

The news is that with the slow economy here in Northern Colorado, we have been barely getting enough small, boring jobs to keep the bills paid. The reality is that in order to have enough income, we have taken on an over-abundance of tiny jobs which keeps us more busy than when we have a few good pr...
by Kent Smith
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gilding incised lettering in stone
Replies: 5
Views: 1889

Re: Gilding incised lettering in stone

The cuttle bone technique works very well and does not leave a scratch in the polished surface. A blade does not always scratch but it can. Seal with size is preferable as it will soak into the porosity where enamel will bridge.
by Kent Smith
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: A Few Photos
Replies: 10
Views: 3740

Re: A Few Photos

I agree and it would be nice to share some of the methods used on these.
by Kent Smith
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: How and where to sell gold leaf skewings?
Replies: 4
Views: 1960

Re: How and where to sell gold leaf skewings?

Check with W&B Gold Leaf, at least they are in US.
by Kent Smith
Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Keith Knecht's Farewell Celebration
Replies: 5
Views: 2503

Re: Keith Knecht's Farewell Celebration

Keith and I traveled together many times and shared a lot of history. He is a man of honor and dignity who has brought joy to all who have spent time in his aura. I will sit down this evening to pen some thoughts to send to Bruce to share. I hope everyone will do the same. By the way, the cobbled to...
by Kent Smith
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Harry Malicoat
Replies: 12
Views: 4956

Re: Harry Malicoat

So sad and shocking. Saw Ric and Harry in April. Often came by when he was in Colo. He was the best.
by Kent Smith
Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: A flash from the past: Pencil Hardness Scale
Replies: 7
Views: 2800

Re: A flash from the past: Pencil Hardness Scale

Ah, drafting class with Mr. Landon. Lining pens and Speedball for our lettering, no templates allowed. Good thing I had some background with Dad's pens and Speedball book. I still have my board, t-square, triangles, scale, compass and liner set, and most of the harder lead pencils. I also have in my...
by Kent Smith
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glass Gilding Freezer Window
Replies: 8
Views: 2292

Re: Glass Gilding Freezer Window

As I think about it, the other concern would be to have all of the size and paints/varnishes totally dry before cranking up the freezer.
by Kent Smith
Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glass Gilding Freezer Window
Replies: 8
Views: 2292

Re: Glass Gilding Freezer Window

Once done, the temperature should not be an issue any more than windows subject to sub-zero temperatures from outside. The issue I would be concerned about would be condensation migrating under the gild and freezing it off like any high humidity situation such as a beauty shop. Waterproof sealing wo...
by Kent Smith
Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Applying abalone on a curved surface
Replies: 3
Views: 1144

Re: Applying abalone on a curved surface

Warm it up, best by dipping in boiling water. Quick Gel super glue so you can slide the pieces together. Dry fit them first and you can trim the pieces while warm with manicure scissors.
by Kent Smith
Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bob Fitzgerald
Replies: 1
Views: 860

Re: Bob Fitzgerald

While I don't actually know the current status, the last time I visited Bob and Helen, he planned to just fade away. He felt at the time that since he had built up a particular business and clientele, no one could take over and keep his legacy alive. He had been scaling back for many years but I was...
by Kent Smith
Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: abalone train
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: abalone train

Rarity seems to boost the price someone will pay beyond any realistic intrinsic value.
by Kent Smith
Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Light Box chipping table
Replies: 26
Views: 12277

Re: Light Box chipping table

Makes me think of the racks at Western Sandblast that had a gas burner under a metal reverse pan at the bottom. Warm all the time.
by Kent Smith
Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Question about Fine Gold Sign Co.
Replies: 6
Views: 1939

Re: Question about Fine Gold Sign Co.

An we lost him 8 years ago on March 10
by Kent Smith
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Question about Fine Gold Sign Co.
Replies: 6
Views: 1939

Re: Question about Fine Gold Sign Co.

F.Glawson Studio De Lettres was started on May 4, 1972 which later became Fine Gold Sign Company. Esoteric grew out of there and although Rick was selling supplies when we met in 1983, he formed Esoteric with Lola in 1986.
by Kent Smith
Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Another newbie
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Another newbie

Welcome. Nothing has been planned for this year yet. We try to get together at least every other year, typically Memorial Day or Labor Day, either at my place, Denver or Ft. Collins... or at Joe and Ingrid's in Conifer. I have done a couple jobs in Montrose in the past year and have cousins there as...
by Kent Smith
Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Steve Parrish Video
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

Re: Steve Parrish Video

We were all younger then. I have more footage of Steven from Moore in '82 and KC in '83, just most on old VHS and have had trouble transferring. Much of it did not have clear sound due to the many onlookers. Mike would remember but Kuralt's crew shot many more hours of film. I have a friend who was ...
by Kent Smith
Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: GoldLeaf workshop Feb 2011 Noah Moore
Replies: 14
Views: 3649

Re: GoldLeaf workshop Feb 2011 Noah Moore

It is always great to work one-on-one and learn as much as you teach. Classic style.
by Kent Smith
Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Are you an S-Corp.
Replies: 4
Views: 1207

Re: Are you an S-Corp.

Remember that the self-employment tax is the same percentage as employer (corp) and individual added together so you have no savings there. According to my accountant, LLC's are audited less than S-Corp's and ours functions as a corp. We also are a multi-member though all family, not just one indivi...
by Kent Smith
Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: WHERE TO ORDER LEAF?
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: WHERE TO ORDER LEAF?

I agree, Sepp, W&B, Easy Leaf and Art Essentials are all small family owned/operated and care about their customers. I don't have enough info or track record for Golden Leaf or imports from China to have an opinion. In the past, I have had calls about how to fix leaf that has dark spots or streaks f...
by Kent Smith
Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Are you an S-Corp.
Replies: 4
Views: 1207

Re: Are you an S-Corp.

Check with your attorney as well. Ours advised an LLC was just as protective for liability and our accountant indicated there is not a tax advantage to the corp.
by Kent Smith
Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: FaceBook?
Replies: 8
Views: 1874

Re: FaceBook?

My main purpose to be on facebook is to see photos etc of grandkids. The company site has not brought us a bit of business and the only interest has been from friends who already know about us so I have not updated it. With the usual postings I see, it is a royal waste of time especially the games.
by Kent Smith
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Colorado Letterheads
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Re: Colorado Letterheads

We are honored to sponsor this site as we also reap the benefits.

Bill and to any and all Letterheads in Colorado, make sure I have your email so you can be notified of upcoming local events and meets. Doesn't happen often and we do not post as they are usually small, by invitation only meets.
by Kent Smith
Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Happy 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1843

Re: Happy 2011

Better every month and TwentyEleven promises to be better yet. Sending positive energy to everyone.
by Kent Smith
Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes
Replies: 6
Views: 2007

Re: Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes

I would have assumed a picture or perhaps a registry for the circle.

Interesting amount of asphaltum, more common in rural areas here in the US.
by Kent Smith
Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes
Replies: 6
Views: 2007

Re: Bruce Jackson's photo archive - 11 - Clunes

I always enjoy the historic signs. I am curious about the circle in the bottom photo.
by Kent Smith
Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Rolco Water Size versus Wundersize?
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: Rolco Water Size versus Wundersize?

I find it to be softer even after cure. There are advantages to both, depending upon the final appearance you seek. I suggest an experiment with both to determine which you like better.