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by Ron Percell
Thu Aug 18, 2022 11:42 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Painting small letters
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Re: Painting small letters

Hello and welcome Barry. #1. I've searched the forum and I'm curious if anyone would like to share tips, techniques and advice for; their choice of Q. brush size A. Choose brush based on stroke thickness, 1/2 to 3/4 of the letter stroke width. Q. synthetic or natural hair A. Both types work. Your ch...
by Ron Percell
Thu Mar 24, 2022 10:36 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: sign contractors pricing guide
Replies: 2
Views: 951

Re: sign contractors pricing guide

Check auction sites.
Kent and Judy Smith actually have a computer-based sign estimating program, check with them at https://www.signsandwishes.com/
by Ron Percell
Tue Feb 08, 2022 1:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: 1st surface glass gild
Replies: 2
Views: 1018

Re: 1st surface glass gild

Welcome Lesley, glad you enjoyed the other posts. Opaque Glass Surface gilding has many challenges such as exposure and additional heat. These jobs tend to have a short life especially facing West or South. Oil based Gold Size is what you should use. I would prefer slow size in an Oil-Varnish based ...
by Ron Percell
Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:58 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Water Gild over Water Based Spray Paint/ HF SAFETY
Replies: 3
Views: 1394

Re: Water Gild over Water Based Spray Paint/ HF SAFETY

Spray Paint doesn't adhere well to glass. Cohesion is typically poor and can slide off when water gilding. Often when applying warm water size, the paint will not expand as fast as the glass causing separation. To get around this use a Spray bottle to apply warm water size in small amounts without f...
by Ron Percell
Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue Chipped Glass Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 4205

Re: Glue Chipped Glass Issues

Minimal difference if cured dry for future use. Your ratio in the question is reversed and is also a open ended question. Either mix will work, both end up drying... More water ratio may require Dams to keep an 1/8" thickness, Less water ratio may be too thick when poured and left to gravity an...
by Ron Percell
Thu Aug 26, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue Chipped Glass Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 4205

Re: Glue Chipped Glass Issues

Kristi Percell researched Glue and Glass Manufacturing for us this morning. Good News on the Glue, manufactures say they have not changed and has a long life. They also pointed out the same info on the changing weather. Bill and Sharon Empy of "Emps Graphic Eye", 40 years of chipping, in b...
by Ron Percell
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue Chipped Glass Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 4205

Glue Chipped Glass Issues

Glue Chipped Glass Issues Glue Chipped Glass heads up, looking to get input on glue chipping problems folks have been having recently. Over the last couple of weeks I've helping an unusual amount of folks with their glue chip techniques, many have failed using techniques they perfected over 30-40 y...
by Ron Percell
Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Server Rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 3458

Re: Server Rebuild

Mike and Danny have done Great, thank you for all of the hard work. Currently I have updated this site 15 versions forward, followed up with a complete server rebuild due to independent libraries for FRM closing during the last year. I de-fragmented the corrupt data base by hand of 4 million items d...
by Ron Percell
Fri Jun 25, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Server Rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 3458

Re: Server Rebuild

Rebuilt passwords and also needed data prune to combine post to owners.
by Ron Percell
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Server Rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 3458

Re: Server Rebuild

Regarding new and old Information and References, these items were crowding the top of the main Forum and have been moved to a new section (Help Information References) found in the Hand Lettering Directory. This will keep the latest news Posting on top of the Forum. Fresh Data from current posts wi...
by Ron Percell
Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Server Rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 3458

Re: Server Rebuild

We're Receiving a few emails on access, some users, some cleaver bots. TRY: #1. Make sure you sign in with the proper case letters, the same as how you registered. SECURITY HAS INCREASED #2. Clear all of your Browser Cache files. #3. Resubmit your password. OPTION: Try a different browser for test p...
by Ron Percell
Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Server Rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 3458

Re: Server Rebuild

Testing browser types for errors, older browsers may suffer with new security.
by Ron Percell
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Server Rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 3458

Server Rebuild

Updating server versions. up soon
by Ron Percell
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Hand Lettering Gallery
Topic: Hand Lettering Gallery Photo Sizes
Replies: 0
Views: 4033

Hand Lettering Gallery Photo Sizes

Hand Lettering Gallery, please no pictures greater than 750 pixels either dimension.
by Ron Percell
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Yet another newbie
Replies: 41
Views: 33178

Re: Yet another newbie

Very nice work...
by Ron Percell
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Hand Lettering Gallery
Topic: Yet another newbie
Replies: 41
Views: 10317

Re: Yet another newbie

Very nice work...
by Ron Percell
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pock marks in matte centers
Replies: 30
Views: 31512

Re: Pock marks in matte centers

look at the concentrated amber varnish-linseed. if it was silicone, the dots would be clear, nothing would of stick.
by Ron Percell
Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Pock marks in matte centers
Replies: 30
Views: 31512

Re: Pock marks in matte centers

Oil and Synthetic separated, it curdled the gild. ________________________________________________ Want to slow Gilders Fast Gold Size? try adding a small amount of our VOC-free 24 hour size, 100% pure fat oil. Gilders "Honey-Oil" 24 hour Gold Size is designed for surface and Architectural...
by Ron Percell
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Advice on brushes
Replies: 8
Views: 7007

Re: Advice on brushes

good job Olivier.
by Ron Percell
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Hand Lettering Techniques and Step by Steps
Topic: Varnish
Replies: 1
Views: 1540

Re: Varnish

Bump
by Ron Percell
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Varnish
Replies: 1
Views: 2636

Re: Varnish

Bump
by Ron Percell
Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Hand Lettering Gallery
Topic: Signs In Movies
Replies: 23
Views: 6213

Re: Signs In Movies

You can see some my work in the movie "Peggy Sue Got Married", "Tucker" and "Howard the Duck". My Father Warren and I worked in conjunction with Barber signs. Peggy sue got married and Tucker had the most period pieces to recreate. Peggy Sue Got Married http://www.youtu...
by Ron Percell
Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Hand Lettering Gallery
Topic: Signs In Movies
Replies: 23
Views: 39534

Re: Signs In Movies

You can see some my work in the movie "Peggy Sue Got Married", "Tucker" and "Howard the Duck". My Father Warren and I worked in conjunction with Barber signs. Peggy sue got married and Tucker had the most period pieces to recreate. Peggy Sue Got Married http://www.youtu...
by Ron Percell
Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Problem With Water Gilding
Replies: 28
Views: 22495

Re: Problem With Water Gilding

Second batch of leaf looks like the Chinese leaf. Many of the Manufactures over seas have replaced their supply chains with Chinese Gold Leaf. The problem with the " Janky " Chinese Gold Leaf is that it's fractured from how they press it. Those of you ordering these discounted Chinese Gold...
by Ron Percell
Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Letterhead Events
Topic: Deadman Meet 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3817

Re: Deadman Meet 2012

The darn horse wouldn't stand still. Sounds like you need to make the journey west.
by Ron Percell
Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Deadman Meet 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 9002

Re: Deadman Meet 2012

The darn horse wouldn't stand still. Sounds like you need to make the journey west.
by Ron Percell
Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Letterhead Events
Topic: Deadman Meet 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3817

Deadman Meet 2012

Got back from Larry White "Deadman" Meet and had a great time. Took some time on the last day to do a video walk through for those who couldn't make it out to the San Francisco Bay area for one of the best Gilder's Meets going. here's the link: http://letterheadsignsupply.com/letterhead-in...
by Ron Percell
Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Deadman Meet 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 9002

Deadman Meet 2012

Got back from Larry White "Deadman" Meet and had a great time. Took some time on the last day to do a video walk through for those who couldn't make it out to the San Francisco Bay area for one of the best Gilder's Meets going. here's the link: http://letterheadsignsupply.com/letterhead-in...
by Ron Percell
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Brush oil
Replies: 22
Views: 15133

Re: Brush oil

I bought a barrel of Machined Lard Oil to use, brushes stay fresh for years. Some suppliers of the past used raw lard oils in which would attract insects and vermin. Machined Lard Oil has gone through heating/cooking and filtering process, this is key in avoiding pests. Some of the oils mentioned ab...
by Ron Percell
Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Blending behind glass problems
Replies: 15
Views: 9433

Re: Blending behind glass problems

Erik, I believe it's painted on too thick, notice how it looks like a palate that had extra paint on it that dried and wrinkled up. Vance, "too fat" might reference thickness not necessary in this case, where as Doug mentioned Linseed oil, in which I agree with and use, is much closer to t...