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by Dan Seese
Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 40th Annual International Letterheads Las Vegas NV 2015
Replies: 9
Views: 4143

Re: 40th Annual International Letterheads Las Vegas NV 2015

Thanks for the scoop, Mark & Rose!

Haven't been to a meet for quite some time, but that's one I won't want to miss.

See you then.
by Dan Seese
Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Backing of a reverse glass sign question
Replies: 12
Views: 5356

Re: Backing of a reverse glass sign question

Olivier, Though you've directed your questions to 3 of us, I'll give my opinion on all 3 questions: 1.) It's really not necessary to use hardener. It's a nice product that One-Shot offered in recent years which speeds the drying and makes the paint harder, but it also (I think) makes it more brittle...
by Dan Seese
Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Backing of a reverse glass sign question
Replies: 12
Views: 5356

Re: Backing of a reverse glass sign question

Hi Olivier. Nice sign you've posted here. Sometimes having brush strokes show through from behind is a nice effect. In an era when so much is computer-generated, it can be desirable to have evidence of a personal touch. However, that's not always what the customer wants. One thing you could try is b...
by Dan Seese
Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Smaltz vs. Smalts
Replies: 7
Views: 2800

Re: Smaltz vs. Smalts

I'm afraid this whole conversation is getting a bit schmaltzy!
by Dan Seese
Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Code of Ethics
Replies: 6
Views: 2371

Re: Code of Ethics

Roderick, It's good to be reminded of the ethics of doing business. Sometimes a person unintentionally step on toes without knowing the ethics. At other times it's easy, especially when the bills pile up and a job looks enticing, to close one's ears to those ethics which can be summed up as - "Do un...
by Dan Seese
Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: My first reverse glass
Replies: 6
Views: 2667

Re: My first reverse glass

Looks great, Andrey. A fun piece to work on!
by Dan Seese
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: reverse gilding inside of an outline, (european method)??
Replies: 8
Views: 4233

Re: reverse gilding inside of an outline, (european method)??

Nice work, David! I've no idea how old you are but since you mentioned it - you're never too old to "get into the game" . We all start these things at different stages in our lives & careers and each of us brings to the task a different set of gifts, skills & experience. Sounds to me like you're doi...
by Dan Seese
Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gilding Precast Letters
Replies: 3
Views: 1601

Re: Gilding Precast Letters

Thank you, Larry. I will give that Segale fellow a call! Jes, thanks for your advice as well. I've done a fair amount of gilding myself but the particular surface I am looking at is precast concrete. A mold is made of the letters and formed into the concrete. It's just a surface I haven't worked wit...
by Dan Seese
Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Gilding Precast Letters
Replies: 3
Views: 1601

Gilding Precast Letters

I have an opportunity to bid on gilding some 24" tall engraved lettering on a fascia fascia. I've never really actually worked with gilding precast material. Anyone have advice on a good sealer/primer to use or general technique on doing this? Seems like it would be fairly simple but if anyone has d...
by Dan Seese
Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Looking for good software advice.
Replies: 25
Views: 9932

Re: Looking for good software advice.

I'm not sure, but can you do bitmap manipulation in Flexi Sign and/or Gerber Omega.? Yes, Robare, you can do pretty extensive photo manipulation in FlexiSIGN. But it doesn't seem to be as versatile as the capability in Photoshop which is why I sometimes take it into Photoshop for further enhancemen...
by Dan Seese
Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:16 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Looking for good software advice.
Replies: 25
Views: 9932

Re: Looking for good software advice.

That's a nice comparative overview of the 2 major design programs, Robare. I mostly use FlexiSIGN Pro. I've found it to be an excellent program for my sign & design needs but it's pretty expensive. There are also limits to what it can do and I'll sometimes convert my design to an eps and bring it in...
by Dan Seese
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Covering a whole window with 1Shot
Replies: 11
Views: 3831

Re: Covering a whole window with 1Shot

Important points brought up by Lee & Kent. Years ago I did some window gilding & there were a couple of windows that the owner wanted the lower portion of the glass to be obscured with a deep blue panel. I painted the windows, backed them up with aluminum bronzing powder for opacity & left a 1/2 inc...
by Dan Seese
Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: It's Been Awhile
Replies: 7
Views: 3109

Re: It's Been Awhile

Thanks for posting this picture, Bruce.
Excellent work!
Nice choice of colors too. Really sets the gold off.
by Dan Seese
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Painting Mag material...Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 2393

Re: Painting Mag material...Help!

Bob, Similar to Danny's suggestion (I've never tried Bulldog) XIM makes a primer I've used on a number of surfaces. The product description is: XIM’s 400 CLEAR Quick Dry, Clear Bonding Primer/Sealer. Interior or Exterior. Accepts Alkyd Topcoats. For Tough-To-Paint surfaces. *Glass, Tile, *Formica, *...
by Dan Seese
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wall Dog / Sign Painter needed in the Denver area
Replies: 12
Views: 5751

Re: Wall Dog / Sign Painter needed in the Denver area

Thanks, Roderick. Yeah, I'm really disappointed I can't be there too - would have been a great year to be in Machine. But I'm looking forward to my week learning from Denis Brown. It's great to face the agony of such choices! Please give my regards to everyone there, but don't look at any of 'em cro...
by Dan Seese
Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:25 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wall Dog / Sign Painter needed in the Denver area
Replies: 12
Views: 5751

Re: Wall Dog / Sign Painter needed in the Denver area

Well, I finished up this job earlier this week. Thought I ought to post a couple of pictures. At first we had talked about doing the style as if it were painted somewhere in the 40's - 50's to go along with some really fun wallpaper they're doing so I did a narrow, vertical version to fit on a narro...
by Dan Seese
Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pictures of Sweetleaf Espresso glass sign work.
Replies: 10
Views: 4267

Re: Pictures of Sweetleaf Espresso glass sign work.

Beautifully done, Jen. I recall your post months ago. It's nice to see the completed window. And Sam - that is terrific artwork. The issues of copyright have been discussed several times on this forum. I'm sorry to see that Jen was given artwork which apparently wasn't rightly owned by the establish...
by Dan Seese
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: New in Signs and questioning !
Replies: 8
Views: 2831

Re: New in Signs and questioning !

I agree with Mike - you can intermix any of the 1Shot paints. I've used both the shading black & the tinting white at times but not often. I think the purpose of those products is to darken or lighten a color without altering the actual color. Or they can be added to clear to do things like create a...
by Dan Seese
Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wall Dog / Sign Painter needed in the Denver area
Replies: 12
Views: 5751

Re: Wall Dog / Sign Painter needed in the Denver area

Thanks for posting this, Mike.
And thanks, Roderick, for passing my contact information on to her. I appreciate that.
I'm following up on this and we'll see what happens. Looks like a tight deadline but an interesting project!
by Dan Seese
Sun May 26, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Some new motorcycle gold leaf..
Replies: 3
Views: 1851

Re: Some new motorcycle gold leaf..

Thanks for sharing these, Marius. I like the variegated leaf with a dark blue outline and light blue shadow against the flaked blue tank. Nice effect. I always find it a challenge to faces look alive & not "wooden" but I see nothing wrong with the faces you've painted. They look really appropriate i...
by Dan Seese
Sat May 18, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Projectors
Replies: 10
Views: 3193

Re: Projectors

Good observations, Mike, with regards to progressive "lines in the sand". How do you define "purist"? How far back does one go? Didn't guys in the past use various innovations to speed-up & aid their execution? I never received formal training but the man who gave me my initial instruction scoffed a...
by Dan Seese
Sat May 18, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Latest glass signs
Replies: 46
Views: 19995

Re: Latest glass signs

Nice work as usual, Roderick.
by Dan Seese
Wed May 15, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Adobe going to Creative Cloud
Replies: 18
Views: 5626

Re: Adobe going to Creative Cloud

I know what you mean, Doug. I get this intangible sense of someone taking control of my tools. Kind of like not having to buy lettering quills but instead pay a small monthly fee to have the "keeper of the quills" unlock them for my use. No problem until I don't pay - then my brushes are locked up a...
by Dan Seese
Wed May 08, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sign Painters in MD/DC/VA?
Replies: 7
Views: 2184

Re: Sign Painters in MD/DC/VA?

Excellent work, Chris.
Don't know your background but you obviously have a good sensibility about sign layout & lettering. Hope you'll continue to delve deeper into the craft.
Right offhand, I'm not sure who to recommend for the DC area, but I'm confident someone else can direct you.
by Dan Seese
Tue May 07, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Adobe going to Creative Cloud
Replies: 18
Views: 5626

Re: Adobe going to Creative Cloud

Well, call me cheap (I know it's true) but this is disappointing. I bought Creative Suite years ago and simply haven't updated because of the price. I use Photoshop, Illustrator & Acrobat Pro and haven't seen a reason to justify the upgrade price yet for my purposes. I don't do a lot of intricate or...
by Dan Seese
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sandblasted Letter Gilding
Replies: 12
Views: 4416

Re: Sandblasted Letter Gilding

Erik,
If I'm not mistaken, Frog Juice & 1-Shot UV Clear Acrylic are basically the same thing - technically speaking. Not sure about polyurethane clear. Kent Smith could probably help out here if he happens to check into the forum.
by Dan Seese
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sandblasted Letter Gilding
Replies: 12
Views: 4416

Re: Sandblasted Letter Gilding

Robare, Thanks for the report on your experiments. Looking forward to seeing the comparison pics. I was going to recommend leaving the mask on after blasting for your gilding but I had thought the piece was already completed so I didn't mention it. I like to leave the mask on, airbrush the Frog Juic...
by Dan Seese
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Sandblasted Letter Gilding
Replies: 12
Views: 4416

Re: Sandblasted Letter Gilding

Hi Robare, I've normally used Frog Juice, like Larry says. I don't see why a varnish wouldn't work as well, though you probably can't avoid having a very slight varnish tint to it. For removal, just as you note, I've used a new, sharp razor blade. Be careful because if you don't pay attention it can...
by Dan Seese
Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Got my Sign work on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 3059

Re: Got my Sign work on TV

Must be a thrill to see your work on TV, Terry. Went to check out your Facebook page, since I'm a relative newcomer on that scene as well. Very nice work. Wasn't able to get the BBC link to work but sometimes those BBC links don't work in the US. I think we first need to sing "God Save the Queen" or...