Oldgas.com Home  
Home | Help | Events | Auctions | Parts | Pictures | Contact
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? #704143
Fri Feb 09 2018 07:58 AM
Fri Feb 09 2018 07:58 AM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 5,093
Raleigh, North Carolina
gulfiend! Offline OP
Veteran Member
gulfiend!  Offline OP
Veteran Member
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 5,093
Raleigh, North Carolina
Does anyone know someone who can recreate custom opal/milk glass letters for a Flexlume sign? Asking for a friend...thanks!


Looking for better Gulf items: signs, globes, cans and paper - especially porcelain Gulf flanges, and Gulf A-38 & A-62 ad glass...
Please use For Sale forums to sell

Please - NO offers to Buy or Sell in this forum category

Statements such as, "I'm thinking about selling this." are considered an offer to sell.
Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704145
Fri Feb 09 2018 08:52 AM
Fri Feb 09 2018 08:52 AM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 5,311
Portland Oregon
C
Craig Osbeck Offline
Veteran Member
Craig Osbeck  Offline
Veteran Member
C
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 5,311
Portland Oregon
If they could or would, there is surely a market out there. Mike Slama might be able to help with this.


Craig
Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704187
Fri Feb 09 2018 06:06 PM
Fri Feb 09 2018 06:06 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 742
Wetumpka,Al.
W
wocopep Offline
Petro Enthusiast
wocopep  Offline
Petro Enthusiast
W
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 742
Wetumpka,Al.
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.

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704218
Sat Feb 10 2018 07:40 AM
Sat Feb 10 2018 07:40 AM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,404
Riley, MI, USA
T-way Offline
Veteran Member
T-way  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,404
Riley, MI, USA
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

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704238
Sat Feb 10 2018 12:36 PM
Sat Feb 10 2018 12:36 PM
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 720
Northern CA
Paul Bell Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Paul Bell  Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 720
Northern CA
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.

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704243
Sat Feb 10 2018 01:58 PM
Sat Feb 10 2018 01:58 PM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,404
Riley, MI, USA
T-way Offline
Veteran Member
T-way  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,404
Riley, MI, USA
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

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: T-way] #704245
Sat Feb 10 2018 03:00 PM
Sat Feb 10 2018 03:00 PM
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 720
Northern CA
Paul Bell Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Paul Bell  Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 720
Northern CA
Wow, yeah, that will make it even worse to recreate if you have to do it in glass!

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704477
Tue Feb 13 2018 07:47 AM
Tue Feb 13 2018 07:47 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,126
Ontario, Canada
redindianguy Offline
Veteran Member
redindianguy  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,126
Ontario, Canada
I am also looking for anyone who can make the letters .


Follow the Red Indian Trail
Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704517
Tue Feb 13 2018 06:47 PM
Tue Feb 13 2018 06:47 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 82
Florida
oiljobber Offline
Active Member
oiljobber  Offline
Active Member
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 82
Florida
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.


Moderated by  Oldgas, Ryan Underthun, Watchdog9 

Click for an eBay Search Form and lots more live petro auction listings

Copyright © 2018 Primarily Petroliana Interactive, All Rights Reserved

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1
(Release build 20180111)
Page Time: 0.023s Queries: 14 (0.007s) Memory: 1.8654 MB (Peak: 1.9785 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2018-12-14 10:59:31 UTC