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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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Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: 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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Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704187
Fri Feb 09 2018 06:06 PM
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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.

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: 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

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704238
Sat Feb 10 2018 12:36 PM
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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.

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #704243
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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

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: T-way] #704245
Sat Feb 10 2018 03:00 PM
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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
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I am also looking for anyone who can make the letters .


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Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: 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.

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #723035
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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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Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: bptexas] #726915
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Here is an example of some of my work

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Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: bptexas] #726916
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Another view

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Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: gulfiend!] #726919
Tue Mar 19 2019 04:23 PM
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Very nice! Are they glass?

Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: Morgan] #726920
Tue Mar 19 2019 05:11 PM
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...looks great - are they glass?


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Re: Recreation of opal/milk glass letters? [Re: 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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