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December '14

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98 • December 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S too long can cause tears; however, the mask can still come up clean at any point if done carefully. Step 32: Cap off size container and wrap up brush in plastic after each stage so it will be fresh for use on subsequent stages. Step 33: Normally I would make a tester spot on the glass to check tack for each stage. In this case the size that overlaps onto the mask serves as a perfect tester that relates to each individual letter. Step 34: Check the fresh size periodi- cally for tack. Do other things while you wait and create a rhythm that allows for working on previous stages and starting new ones efficiently until it is the right time to gild the newly tacking size. The size is ready when it feels sticky but will not smear when it is scraped on with the back of your knuckle. The patent paper will make a soft zipping sound when per- fect without leaving any trace of paper once pulled up. If too early it will leave a paper blemish and make an annoying tearing sound you don't want. Step 35: With a razor blade and straight-edge firmly cut the 23k pat- ent gold book into strips that match the stroke sizes with some over-lap. Step 36: Create wind-guard or handy container for gold pieces or they will eventually fall and/or blow away. Step 37: Apply patent gold sheet by establishing a light anchoring point and then evenly rubbing out the rest of the sheet with your finger. Patent gold will completely cover without cracks if put down perfectly flat the first time, little wobbles will create fissures and holidays that must be patched immediately. Step 38: If the size starts to tack up too much at any point or is in danger of becoming too dry to accept the gold, then drop everything and attend to this area immediately. Step 39: Rub-down all the gold with firm thumb pressure using a piece of re- cycled patent gold paper to guard against scratches. Step 40: Brush away excess and over- lapping gold with a Percell gilding duster brush. Now cotton is used to lightly rub and swirl the gold so it will hopefully even out into a soft gold cloud with no straight lines visible in the gild. MASTER'S TOUCH I lightly run my finger along the out- line with cotton and window cleaner to clean off all of the gold which stuck randomly to the open outline area. You can see on the right side that quite a lot stuck to the glass but with no size/varnish/gold glue to stick to it easily washes off. Black 1 Shot paint is brushed behind the letters using a soft fitch.

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