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Recreation of opal/milk glass letters?
#704143 Fri Feb 09 2018 07:58 AM
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Does anyone know someone who can recreate custom opal/milk glass letters for a Flexlume sign? Asking for a friend...thanks!


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gulfiend! #704145 Fri Feb 09 2018 08:52 AM
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If they could or would, there is surely a market out there. Mike Slama might be able to help with this.


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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.

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gulfiend! #704218 Sat Feb 10 2018 07:40 AM
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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

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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.

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gulfiend! #704243 Sat Feb 10 2018 01:58 PM
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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

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

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gulfiend! #704477 Tue Feb 13 2018 07:47 AM
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I am also looking for anyone who can make the letters .


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gulfiend! #704517 Tue Feb 13 2018 06:47 PM
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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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I've been developing a process to recreate the milk glass letters.
I may be able to help you. PM me.

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bptexas #726915 Tue Mar 19 2019 02:37 PM
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Here is an example of some of my work

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Another view

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Very nice! Are they glass?

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Morgan #726920 Tue Mar 19 2019 05:11 PM
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...looks great - are they glass?


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gulfiend! #726922 Tue Mar 19 2019 06:08 PM
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Yes, opal sheet glass formed in a glass kiln. It took me two years to get it right.

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gulfiend! #726923 Tue Mar 19 2019 06:10 PM
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That is amazing. Bravo!

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very cool. great work

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gulfiend! #726926 Tue Mar 19 2019 06:23 PM
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Wow! That looks great keep up the good work!

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Very nice, that is an asset to the hobby and will help guys that need letters to complete their signs.


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gulfiend! #726933 Tue Mar 19 2019 09:50 PM
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That's fantastic! Very impressive stuff...


Looking for better Gulf items: signs, globes, cans and paper - especially porcelain Gulf flanges, and Gulf A-38 & A-62 ad glass...
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gulfiend! #726934 Tue Mar 19 2019 11:29 PM
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Excellent work. I can easily break glass but that stuff is beyond me. This thread has brought some real veterans out of lurker mode too.

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gulfiend! #726936 Wed Mar 20 2019 01:32 AM
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Bill, looks great! Not an easy task! Did you have to make molds for each side of the letter or let the glass slump down on one? Just curious, ok if you don’t answer.

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gulfiend! #726944 Wed Mar 20 2019 05:39 AM
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There are several different molds involved depending on the font.
Thanks for all the positive comments!
If there is anyone out there looking for some help with one of their projects feel free to contact me directly.

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gulfiend! #726948 Wed Mar 20 2019 07:57 AM
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That's amazing!


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gulfiend! #726967 Wed Mar 20 2019 05:54 PM
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Man could I have used those. Still have some of the signs, how to email you?
Thanks

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You can contact me at bptexas@comcast.com

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I stand corrected. The email address is
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BpTexas My names Josh and I just joined this site. So that I could message you. I’m in need of a letter O. For a Masonic sign I have. I have other letters could trade or would buy it. Please contact me my phone numbers 4845574946. I tried to dm you but will not let me see your profile. Probably cause I just signed up thank you.

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Please call me if your still making these 817-946-6460

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Just see this now, crazy year for sure. Are you still looking for letters?

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That's awsome. Being a mopar guy. I would love to have that sign lol

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Feel free to call me to discuss.

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