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by Mike Jackson
Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:39 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Protective Clear Coat for Gold Leaf?: Reverse Glass
Replies: 6
Views: 3038

John, and the rest, I still have one of Rick Glawson's old yellow catalogs here (a great reference). He says: W-W Window Spar - A special varnish made expressly for clear coating gold work on reverse glass. Pale amber in color, it dries in 10 minutes. Bulletin Spar - The same properties as W-W yet a...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Nov 02, 2004 1:16 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Protective Clear Coat for Gold Leaf?: Reverse Glass
Replies: 6
Views: 3038

Protective Clear Coat for Gold Leaf?: Reverse Glass

Hello all, I received this note in my email today. I have not done a window gold job in many years and have not done many in the first place.... come to find out that Chromatic no longer makes the Clear Overcoat Varnish part # 4320003 for clear coating over the edge of the gold. As well, I have come...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Nov 02, 2004 10:40 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: My Finish First Sandblasted Sign minus peel up!
Replies: 19
Views: 6549

Ron,
I don't believe I suggested the "Finish First Method" speeds up finishing time. On the contrary, I think it is much, much slower if you add up all the steps and drying time.

Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:12 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Unlock "Read-Only" Files utility
Replies: 5
Views: 1779

Yep, that worked on my Win2000 machine. I didn't know it would work on multiple files with one click. Thanks!
Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Mon Nov 01, 2004 7:52 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Unlock "Read-Only" Files utility
Replies: 5
Views: 1779

Unlock "Read-Only" Files utility

Hi all, It seems many images copied from a CD to a hard drive will transport over as "read-only". I am looking for a freeware or shareware utility that will change the read-only attribute for a complete folder at one time, instead of having to manually go in and change them one at a time. I looked a...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:44 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sandblasting sample redwood sign/ have questions
Replies: 10
Views: 3819

Hi Len, If you can image rolling out a 71 VW bug on a Nascar course, that's similar to where you are sandblasting with a little Sears blaster. When you get the industrial equipment, you will be able to blast about 1 square foot per minute, on average, to a depth of 3/4" on good vertical grain redwoo...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Oct 24, 2004 4:52 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Thing We Call "Handlettering"
Replies: 16
Views: 6585

Mark, Check out the third or forth post on the Hand Lettering Forum called "Posting Photos on this Forum"...or click the link below: http://www.handletteringforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=200&sid=015351dc2d6c2ed7cfb91951214bea87 Its should explain it well enough to get you started. Take care, Mike ...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Oct 22, 2004 5:59 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: My Finish First Sandblasted Sign minus peel up!
Replies: 19
Views: 6549

John, Thanks for taking the time to shoot the photos and supply the text for this thread. Assuming you want to hear them, I have a few comments, not meant to be critical, but more to inform anyone interested. I see a few red flags on this project, even though the newly finished product looks great. ...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Oct 22, 2004 12:56 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Updated Web Site: Golden Era Studios glass art
Replies: 6
Views: 2745

http://www.goldenstudios.com/glassart/liverysketch.jpg http://www.goldenstudios.com/glassart/liverysteps.htm Okay, I think I am mostly finished with the updated pages. I need to get some work done! For anyone interested, I created a new page which shows some "behind the scenes" images and sketches,...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Oct 21, 2004 5:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Updated Web Site: Golden Era Studios glass art
Replies: 6
Views: 2745

Minor update: I changed out the Atkinson Cigar, United Cigar, and added a new page for Gold Rush Cigar this afternoon. I believe the last page left to update are the Artists Profiles...working on them now. If you visited the site earlier, you might need to refresh you pages to get to load the new li...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: PhotoShop Lettering
Replies: 6
Views: 2654

Also, For $25 per month, you can subsribe to Lynda.com and view something like 900 photoshop lessons in Quick Time format. They have a few free sample tutorials to check out on their site, too. The $25 per month fee also lets you watch and study ANY tutorial on ANY program they support. That include...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:14 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Redwood peel up problems
Replies: 9
Views: 3832

Rick, I like to err on the safe side and coat the board with the sealer. That assures a good grip for the stencil, especially after lightly sanding the high spots. On raw wood, it is easy to miss a little fine sawdust and get a weak bond. I found it was easier to sand off the laquer than it was to u...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: PhotoShop Lettering
Replies: 6
Views: 2654

John,
I would suggest just using Photoshop to colorize images and use Illustrator or Corel to create the outlines you later fill.

You can import or open an Illustrator file into Photoshop or use the clipboard to paste outlines or shapes into Photoshop.

Good luck,
Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Wed Oct 20, 2004 9:18 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Updated Web Site: Golden Era Studios glass art
Replies: 6
Views: 2745

Updated Web Site: Golden Era Studios glass art

http://www.theletterheads.com/signphotos/curtisbarbershop.jpg http://www.goldenstudios.com/indexglass.htm Danny posted the web address for my art glass pieces a while back. Those pages were looking quite dated, so I recreated most of them today, including bigger and brighter photos. I have been pla...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Oct 19, 2004 8:07 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sub-Surface Lettering
Replies: 1
Views: 2862

Sub-Surface Lettering

My kids like to skateboard, as mentioned earlier. Over the weekend, we drove over to Boulder for a skate contest and later ended up at the huge Denver outdoor skate park. I went around the park looking over the signs so I could be better armed to talk to our town Mayor, city council members and rec ...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Oct 19, 2004 7:53 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Redwood peel up problems
Replies: 9
Views: 3832

For 95% or more of our sandblasted signs, we simply bought a gallon of laquer sanding sealer at our local lumber yard and applied it with a cheap brush...slopped it on quickly. It is cheaper than some commercial sealers (First Step) and it dries fast and hard. (Also, we did not have to pay shipping ...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Oct 15, 2004 1:38 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Rick Glawson's Denver Brewery Tray
Replies: 7
Views: 3536

Check out Bruce Jackson's gold work at:

http://www.goldreverre.com/
by Mike Jackson
Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:44 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Question on gilder's rouge vs. whiting
Replies: 8
Views: 4112

Steve, We've used rouge, spanish whiting, and even talcum powder. Overall, we use rouge most and even have it in a Pounce-See box. A quick, fine wipe will put a thin layer down. It usually comes up with a damp cloth later. Of course, the background has to be 100% dry and cured with any product. Mayb...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Oct 14, 2004 12:35 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Extira Problems
Replies: 11
Views: 4985

Danny, Ronan is a competitor of One Shot/Chromatic and Dana. I grew up in Oklahoma City and started business there. Neo Sign Supply was the sign supplier and they carred the full Ronan product line. I never knew about other paint brands for a long time. Steve Berman started Chromatic in the mid 80s,...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Oct 14, 2004 9:10 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Extira Problems
Replies: 11
Views: 4985

Ha Joe, Yes....but....I am an old codger now...gray in the beard and all! With that gray, I get to be set in my old ways! If your latex paint is binding to the oil based primer, then it is apparently not the issue here. but this old geeser will probably stick to the oil on oil and latex on latex sce...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Oct 13, 2004 9:22 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Extira Problems
Replies: 11
Views: 4985

Joe, Sounds like you are getting the run around if the tech guy says: He Honestly admitted that they wern't aware the sign industry would be interested in this material and there has little or no paint adhestion test. I've seen the ads in the sign trade magazines, too. I am unclear whether the latex...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:59 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Thing We Call "Handlettering"
Replies: 16
Views: 6585

Dan, Yes, I agree and I do understand Mark's "centering" post. Being one of the site administrators, I am also protective of the people that visit this board that don't necessarily hand letter, but make SIGNS (under the general topics of sign making, fabrication, design, Letterheads, sign books, etc...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Oct 12, 2004 9:39 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Thing We Call "Handlettering"
Replies: 16
Views: 6585

Maybe fond memories and recollections aren't necessarily tied only to Hand Letterying, but more to select events we were passionate about at the time. Hand lettering a sign might be just one example, while mowing the yard might be an example of an experience we might not commit to long term memory. ...
by Mike Jackson
Mon Oct 11, 2004 9:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Give this page a try!
Replies: 0
Views: 1251

Give this page a try!

http://www.theletterheads.com/lhparts/combosites.html The link above will take you to a unique page, built with two "frames". The site is now actually two different sites. One is the main site with all the pages and features, and the new one is just for the Forum. Until I built this combo page, it ...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Oct 10, 2004 6:46 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The Thing We Call "Handlettering"
Replies: 16
Views: 6585

Hi Mark, It is nice to read your thought provoking posts dealing with the "passion" of a hand crafted product. I'd like to personally extend the scope a bit and request that you and other "seasoned' signmakers make a few "nuts and bolts" posts, sharing your wealth of experience. We have a nice group...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Oct 08, 2004 11:58 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Rick Glawson's Denver Brewery Tray
Replies: 7
Views: 3536

Rick Glawson's Denver Brewery Tray

http://www.theletterheads.com/glawson/denverbrew1.jpg Danny Baronian sent these two images. The glass piece was a panel Rick Glawson did a long time ago. I believe he brought it to a couple of Letterhead meetings and a few people surely got to see it in person. Others might have the more detailed s...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:31 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Doming labels
Replies: 2
Views: 2843

Danny sent me a few basic supplies and I did my first ones. It takes a little practice, but we got some nice ones in our first session. Danny mentioned the DP105 3M epoxy. I found this site that has it along with the cartridge gun and nozzles at competitive prices. http://www.industrialgeneralstore....
by Mike Jackson
Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:52 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 19th century boulangerie - French window signs and paintings
Replies: 6
Views: 4023

Bruce, you might want to read over the Decalcomania page in the Rick Glawson section, linked below. Lee Littlewood supplied us with some of Rick's notes on the subject. It covers the process of painting on gummed paper and transferring to glass. http://www.theletterheads.com/glawson/decalomaniac.htm...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Oct 03, 2004 11:49 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Foliage and Buffalo Photos
Replies: 7
Views: 3402

Ron and Jon, I am still using my old Nikon CoolPix 990 camera. I don't have the exact total, but I suspect it has about 12000 taken through it by now. Last year, I bought a pocket sized Nikon 3100 and I usually take that one with me when fishing, but even though it has the same 3.2 megapixels, I don...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Sep 30, 2004 8:34 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Hand Lettering 101
Replies: 3
Views: 2279

Hi all,
I like House Industries...I own quite a few of their fonts. They do a solid job of digitizing and kerning. One of my favorite scripts is the one in the House-A-Rama collection. The font is called League Night. The Sign Painters collection is also a fun one.

Mike