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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby widget2k4 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:59 pm

Thanks, I'm going to have a go at making my own gold fleck paint and see what happens. A bit of experimenting to get the black spots is going to be the hard part I think.

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby pennymachines » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:18 pm

Yes, I think that's the best approach.

The products Paul suggested would make a nice finish which some would be happy with, but not the purists. Original finish is always favourite of course but if, as on your machine, that's gone, second favourite is to reproduce the original as faithfully as possible.

BF's pictures suggest the fleck was laid over the gold quite crudely by hand. One way of doing this is to dip a stiff brush (toothbrush or something larger) in the paint and riffle the bristles so small blobs fly off in irregular patterns.

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby widget2k4 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:21 pm

I will have a bit of a play with it. I managed the Allsport fleck with a small wire brush dipped in paint and a screwdriver to flick it. lol

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby bryans fan » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:31 pm

widget2k4 wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:59 pm
Thanks, I'm going to have a go at making my own gold fleck paint and see what happens, a bit of experimenting to get the black spots is going to be the hard part I think
Is the RIGHT ANSWER. I have seen many a Bullion ruined with plastikote stonefleck paint.
I believe the fleck paint finish was hand done. Flicking a toothbrushes bristles loaded with paint is, I understand the method of choice.
Finishes like on the double top cabinet were I think a suspension of coloured flecks in a medium. Used I seem to remember on public toilet walls.
My advice, as always, remains , only re paint a machine if absolutely necessary. They are only original once. I prefer conservation to restoration.
lots of "thinking" and vague remembering there!!!
But I might be wrong I often am!!!

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby widget2k4 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:00 pm

Well in my case if they don't look pretty and clean they can't get in the house lol, and I wasn't left much choice as there was no bottom left in it and there wasn't much left of the door.
What was the hole in the front for behind the artwork?

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby bryans fan » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:14 pm

I don't know. Nor does another learned gentleman from this forum. But there must be reason for it or Mr Bryan wouldn't have put it there.

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby widget2k4 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:39 pm

Fire escape for the ants perhaps?

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby coppinpr » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:44 pm

try experimenting with a can of black turned upside down at different distances from the test piece, only an option,im not saying the best option just that it does work with practice

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby widget2k4 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:01 pm

Will give it a go !THUMBS!

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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Postby JC » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:05 pm

This is one that was in Coventry ( I think)
Yes, it was. I photographed it in my back garden, on behalf of the vendor. It was all original, and probably the best original ant viewer I've ever seen.


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