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Recreation of opal/milk glass letters?

Posted By: gulfiend!

Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Fri Feb 09 2018 01:58 PM

Does anyone know someone who can recreate custom opal/milk glass letters for a Flexlume sign? Asking for a friend...thanks!
Posted By: Craig Osbeck

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Fri Feb 09 2018 02:52 PM

If they could or would, there is surely a market out there. Mike Slama might be able to help with this.
Posted By: wocopep

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Sat Feb 10 2018 12:06 AM

Mecum just auctioned off some of the remains of the Flexlume left overs on January 14, 31/2 weeks ago in Kissimmee Fla and there were several of the replacement letters there. Some of the nicest pre neon Ive ever seen. The GULF signs and the PURE were killer signs.
Posted By: T-way

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Sat Feb 10 2018 01:40 PM

These letters were made under vacuum.
Standard lens kilns do not have the ability to reproduce these letters.
I know, I spent six months trying.
Later . . .
Jim
Posted By: Paul Bell

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Sat Feb 10 2018 06:36 PM

Those letters look like they are vacuum thermoformed. Have to make a mold out of wood or epoxy with strategically located vacuum sites to suck the heated plastic sheet to. After the sheet cools down then the letters need to be cut out with a cutting die made special for the letters. It’s not a difficult process but hard to do economically for one or two sets!

Process used a lot for packaging trays. I’d look for a packaging company near you that doesn’t mind doing small quantities. They’ll probably say no thanks though.
Posted By: T-way

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Sat Feb 10 2018 07:58 PM

Paul,
The original letters are opaline glass formed under vacuum in a steel form.
IMHO, plastic won't look correct - unless you replaced every letter.
Then the costs would probably exceed the value of the sign.
Jim
Posted By: Paul Bell

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Sat Feb 10 2018 09:00 PM

Wow, yeah, that will make it even worse to recreate if you have to do it in glass!
Posted By: redindianguy

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Tue Feb 13 2018 01:47 PM

I am also looking for anyone who can make the letters .
Posted By: oiljobber

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? - Wed Feb 14 2018 12:47 AM

I have seen some signs that have been restored and the letters are three-dimensional but made out of plastic. Looks great from afar but if you touch it you defintiely know. So some one out there is making them just not out of glass.
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