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by prospero
Fri 13 Sep, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: C&H mountcutters
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: C&H mountcutters

The only thing I have trouble with on mine is the bar that you set for the margin. It can slip a bit if I don't lock it down just right . Otherwise, it cuts as well as it did in 1986 when it was new. I bought it originally as I had to cut a mount too big for my old Magnolia cutter. Now's time, I tho...
by prospero
Fri 13 Sep, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: Sandwich between 2 Fillets
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Sandwich between 2 Fillets

That's the ticket. :yes: :D

That works very well as there is lots of blank space around the image, which which makes a window mount
superfluous from an aesthetic point of view.
by prospero
Fri 13 Sep, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Underpinner Opinions
Replies: 22
Views: 305

Re: Underpinner Opinions

It doesn't give an age or an estimate on much use it's had, just says it's refurbished. A heavily used machine was my main worry, so I think I'll leave that and purchase a new one. For 500 quids I'd snap it up. I'll wager it's hardly worn at all and all it needs is a bit of jiggling. :wink: Worth a...
by prospero
Fri 13 Sep, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Underpinner Opinions
Replies: 22
Views: 305

Re: Underpinner Opinions

The fences on the CS88 are quite cleverly adjustable. :D Maybe they weren't tweaked quite right on that example and that would account for the offset insertions. It's not really that much off.... I notice that machine is set for joining while standing in front and that the clamp has been removed. Th...
by prospero
Thu 12 Sep, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Sandwich between 2 Fillets
Replies: 9
Views: 137

Re: Sandwich between 2 Fillets

You can make a backing board big enough by laminating foamboard. The joins will not be seen anyway and if you stagger/cross the joins in the two layers you will get one rigid board. Hinge the work to the foamboard, leaving maybe a half-inch margin. Then drop the fillets (I would say 'slip') on top. ...
by prospero
Thu 12 Sep, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Underpinner Opinions
Replies: 22
Views: 305

Re: Underpinner Opinions

I would look for a used Cassese CS88. :wink:

They are very robust machines. Get a spare cable and a spare hammer though. Apart from these items
there is very little to break.
by prospero
Sun 08 Sep, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Art touching glass
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Art touching glass

Art touching the glass will do no harm at all, unless moisture has condensed on the inside. The nature and
properties of glass make this liable to happen and can cause the paper to stick. If this happens it causes big
problems and the damage is likely to be irreparable. :cry:
by prospero
Sun 08 Sep, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Bleach and Acrylic
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Bleach and Acrylic

Regular use of any cleaning products on Acrylic will eventually scratch the surface to the point where
it starts to look cloudy. Cleaning cloths pick up tiny particles of dust/grit, even if the liquid itself don't contain abrasives.
by prospero
Thu 05 Sep, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: large frames made from thin mouldings
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: large frames made from thin mouldings

:D I see where you're coming from now.... Didn't mean to be reproachful. It's just that I get this all the time. People buy cheapo frames and they bring them to me and expect miracles. :lol: As for the brackets, I don't know where to source them. Basically your google is as good as mine. :roll: They...
by prospero
Thu 05 Sep, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: large frames made from thin mouldings
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: large frames made from thin mouldings

Hi and Welcome to the Forum. :D You frame your own original artwork using this moulding? Forgive me for saying so, but if you ran a restaurant would you serve the wine in coffee mugs? :lol: It would taste the same, but doesn't really create the right impression. :( I have this conversation with arti...
by prospero
Wed 04 Sep, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Stretcher bars
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Stretcher bars

There are a few 'cut your own size' systems and they do work up to a point. But you can't beat the time-honoured double mortise and tenon system. The snag is, they come in standard sizes and if you need an odd size (metric?) then you might struggle find them 'off the shelf'. You can get them made to...
by prospero
Wed 04 Sep, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: removing surface of Palladian Moulding
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: removing surface of Palladian Moulding

Shellac is magic stuff. It's organic, so has different properties to synthetic varnishes. It will stick to practically anything and is porous, so water-based paints will 'stick' on top properly. Generally, only a light sanding of a finished moulding is required. This will work on most mouldings but ...
by prospero
Tue 03 Sep, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Pearl or pearlescent moulding
Replies: 7
Views: 217

Re: Pearl or pearlescent moulding

Depending on the shape, the best way is to get some cheapo moulding and spray it with a rattle can of
auto paint. The metallics are available in a huge range. I think you can get pearly paint.... :roll:

(Try a bit first)
by prospero
Tue 03 Sep, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: removing surface of Palladian Moulding
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: removing surface of Palladian Moulding

Paint stripper is a big faff. Very time-consuming and extremely messy. Caustic soda would probably shift it, but you need a long tank. It's also VERY HAZARDOUS. :shock: As well as that, if it is finger-jointed then it will dissolve the glue and you will end up with a lot of short bits. If you sand i...
by prospero
Mon 02 Sep, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: A bit of framing physics advice, please...
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: A bit of framing physics advice, please...

As mentioned, trying to beef-up the back will just add weight. I should ideally have a back as the board it is mounted on it considered part of the 'art' and should be enclosed. The frame sounds adequate. Often with skinny frames on biggish picture it's the hangings that stress the frame and cause t...
by prospero
Thu 29 Aug, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi all, newcomer here & advice required
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Hi all, newcomer here & advice required

Hi and Welcome Gary. :D
by prospero
Wed 28 Aug, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thin relief design
Replies: 49
Views: 1848

Re: Thin relief design

It can all take a lot of hard work .......
Sometimes you want things to look like they have taken a lot of hard work without actually doing it. :lol:
by prospero
Tue 27 Aug, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thin relief design
Replies: 49
Views: 1848

Re: Thin relief design

I LOVE Rottenstone. :D If you paint a frame black, it looks black painted. End of. :| If you wax it and buff it up a bit it looks shiny. :roll: If you cover it with rottenstone (before buffing and before the wax has dried) and the proceed to polish it, the effect is magical. Works best on moulding w...
by prospero
Tue 27 Aug, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Pet hates
Replies: 57
Views: 8921

Re: Pet hates

Here's a big word: Schadenfreude.

:giggle:

Here's another one.

Backpfeifengesicht :|
by prospero
Sun 25 Aug, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Pet hates
Replies: 57
Views: 8921

Re: Pet hates

Chap on FB the other day had an infinity for dogs. :roll: