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HDU and Gold Hearing clinic sign

Discussion in 'Portfolio Board' started by signmeup, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Here's one I just finished up. It's 14 feet long with 25 letters. The sign is made of 1" HDU (Corafoam) that I bonded to an Alupanel backer. It took 4 books of gold. (There are 25 3.25 x 3.25 sheets of gold in a book)
    I learned to use loose gold on this project. The thing that held me back from using loose gold in the past was that I didn't know how to cut the gold. Now that I have learned the technique, I can't see me going back to transfer leaf. Loose gold is very fast once you get the knack. I cut the gold right in the book with a "pinky knife" made from a piece of a beer can. Then I pick up the cut piece with a gilders tip and lay it on the size. After all the gold is in place I tamp it down with a makeup brush. The first makeup brush I used was too firm and scratched the gold but the one I have now gives it a really nice shine. Hope you like.

    Oh, I'm planning on putting the sign up on Wednesday....it's supposed to be plus 1 or 2 that day. I'll post a pic once it's up.
     

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  2. GypsyGraphics

    GypsyGraphics Major Contributor

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    Wow, it's just beautiful!
    How long did it take to lay that much gold?
    Can't tell what the sign reads.... can't wait to see it up!
     
  3. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Thanks gg. It took about 3 hours to lay the gold. I did it in sections over a day because I wasn't sure how long it would take me with interuptions etc. and I wanted to be sure the size would stay "open" long enough to do the whole job. (I used one shot fast size.)
    The sign says "WOLFVILLE HEARING CLINIC LTD."
     
  4. wes70

    wes70 Very Active Member

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    Looks great!
    Ya, you gotta take advantage of the mild weather for installs.
     
  5. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Here's a pic of the beer can "pinky knife". The correct material for this knife comes from "Labatts Blue" beer cans BTW.
     

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  6. astro8

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    Nice work...I like your pinky knife..just don't forget to not scratch your ear or worse!
     
  7. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    That was a constant concern! I rub the gilders tip on the side of my nose and it wouldn't take much to get the sequence wrong. Incidently....I'm quite willing to send out empty Labatts Blue cans to any members who want to make their own pinky knives.... only $9.95 plus postage and handling.
     
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    signmeup Major Contributor

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  9. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    nice stuff :thumb:
     
  10. Si Allen

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  11. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    It's so simple and clean looking ... I looove it!:thumb::thumb:
     
  12. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    I'm guessing you didn't watch the video Si. The pinky cutter is very fast and convenient. You hold the book in your left hand and the pinky knife is on your right hand along with the gilders tip. You flip open a page with your left hand, slice the gold into however many pieces you want and pick them up with the tip. I didn't have any trouble cutting the sheets without tearing them. I was able to cut 3/16" wide strips then slice them into short sections with no difficulty. Mostly I cut the sheets into 4 strips because of the size of my letters.....very little waste.
     
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  13. Jillbeans

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    Looks really clean.
    Old Jordo always had a gilder's knife with him.
    If your pinky knife works for you, stay with it.
    And save me a cold one.
    Love....Jill
     
  14. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Thanks Jill.....who's "Old Jordo"?
     
  15. Marlene

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    very nice, clean looking sign. love the gold, it just makes the sign so classy
     
  16. GP

    GP Very Active Member

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    That is some wonderful work -

    Thanks for the video, which I plan to watch in its entirety over coffee. I would really love to see the technique in person.

    Perhaps I can intern somewhere - hmmm, who has the best location?

    Again, beautiful sign[meup],

    GP
     
  17. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Who has the best location? This time of year?! GP, you fly me down to South Carolina and I'll show you how to gild! :biggrin:
     
  18. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    Another nice clean design for your portfolio! Keep em coming...

    Edited to add that, oddly enough, I've had a run on gold leaf signs too as of late. I wasn't selling much in recent years but all of a sudden buyer are wanting it again. I'm guessing gold mylar just isn't the same :)
     
  19. JoySigns

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    Thanks for sharing your work and the link. The pros make it look so easy!
     
  20. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Well....here's the done deal. It's a pretty modest design but I think it suits the storefront. What a great day for an install...... +5 and sunny.
     

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