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  1. Re: First timer French boulle restoration advive please

    Restoring a Boulle case is a tough and tricky work. One of my friends tried it, we had to replace some of the missing brass inlay, it's easy to create but since it's thermal expansion differs from...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I've figured out some new technique to create hairline thin lines on white dials.

    What I used:

    - white matt acrylic paint in 4-5 layers applied with brush and sanded with 1000 paper between the...
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    Re: Scottish Longcase Round Dial Restoration

    I see, ok.

    A while ago in another thread we talked about "hairline" thin artworks, how could they make such thin and straight / even lines.
    As I understood and / or figured out there should be...
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    Re: Scottish Longcase Round Dial Restoration

    Thyme,

    could you please show us a closeup of the original signature artworks?
    I am (still) after the original method of making these, and would like to see if this was handmade as you did or...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Don't think I'll buy the John Robey's book for 315... :)))
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I am a bit busy with other things, but will get back soon to try what Robert said.

    I understand what you've said about hand painting.
    Look at this is one I handpainted. It's lamp black+copal...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I was lucky enough to get in contact with Mr. Robert Loomes (http://www.dialrestorer.co.uk/) regading this topic,

    he was very kind, I attach a quote from his letter:

    "
    Almost every painted...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Hmm...

    I'd try some of these.

    I couldn't find any at Meadows and Passmore, what is this catalog you attached?

    I'd need the universal tool holder on top of page 191, and engravers on the...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I just had a letter change with Mr. Brian Loomes, and I asked him about this topic.
    He said all he knows is in the book Painted Dial Clocks (which I have ordered).
    He thinks globes were made with...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Could you please show me a non V shaped engraver tool how does it look like?
    Do you know sites who sell these?

    I could imagine it but as we discussed it may have some shoulder for keeping...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I would argue regarding the etched / engraved pattern thing.

    Do not be mislead with my results on paper, feathering is not the transfer's problem but the paint.

    I think engraving leaves a " V...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Here are the results so far.

    This thing rules. Ever noticed silicone sounds like silly-cone? :bigsmile:

    It's very detailed, picks up every scratch. Works like a charm.

    Some con is it doesn't...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I made another slightly more complex pattern, but not really proud of it.

    For small but complex patterns like this I think a Pantograph is a must. It's available since 1603 so it could be used...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Yeah,

    a bit cold and lots of snow here.
    I had terrible flu and was sick like hell between xmas and new years eve. I am still out of work this week and my daughter is in the nursery so I have some...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I went to the art store today and got this copper engraving primer.
    Along with this I bought a size "0" pin type engraver. (pin was damned expensive...)

    I've tried it and it's MUCH better than...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I've tried an other one.

    It's a printed pattern, Looked nice on the PC, but after the etching it looks a bit too bold.

    According to my measurements (was difficult) I got around 0.4-0.5 mm...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    So, the second carving.

    The thing is, carving wax on copper leaves bumpy lines. At least the way I could cover it with wax maybe too thick.
    You can examine the results on the attached pic.

    I...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I've made hundreds of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) using photoresistive lacquer.
    As I remember it has a resolution of 120 lines / cm (I am not sure).
    I've made 5 mil lines with it which is 0.12...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    So,

    This is my first hand drawn copper engraving ever (using etching).

    Please do not laugh on it. :=

    It's harder than I tought because ALL the small mistakes of the movement of the tip of...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I wasn't dare to think about rubber, it's so new. Altough I haven't had the opportunity to get a closer look on dials from the early 1800s or 1700s.

    Were they as detailed as the newer ones?

    We...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I saw some replica procelain dials here and examined them closely. Numbers are bumpy, made from black "vitreous enamel" the same material used for the dial itself.
    But it's not possible to make...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Of course not. It's "copal varnish". Sorry.

    Zedman
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Yes I meant vitreous enameling, that's high temperature. Iam still learning english.

    Somethimes I use copper varnish with black pigment on dials and I put it into the electric owen for 20 min @100...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    Nice to have contacts like him :)

    You said transfers are not an option, or transfers AND stove enameling not an option?

    I don't think they had the correct paint for low temperature (1-200C used...
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    Re: Long-case clock dial-art and scripts

    I see.
    I could imagine this worked for book / letter printing because of the surface of the paper.

    I am still missing the point, how they did the transfer. Thinking about using gelatin as a...
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