I received notice that the megaphone I gilded recently (see the detailed blog entry of 21Oct14 a few posts below this one) and that was presented as a trophy, is now on permanent public display in the Marion H. Rochelle Gateway Center located on the University of Wyoming campus at Laramie, Wyoming. Along with a photograph of the megaphone on display, I received this note of thanks:
The Megaphone was presented the night of the Grand Opening and was a wonderful addition to one of the most special nights UW has ever experienced! We appreciate so much all of your efforts. A local wood worker created a stunning base and glass enclosure and then the plaque was attached to that base in recognition of Mr. Blalock. It is now proudly displayed in the facility! Thank you so much for creating this one of a kind and unique gift!
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
|We won a very nice cash award during the Halifax Art Festival in Daytona Beach. Just one level below Best of Show, there were three Awards of Excellence awarded on Saturday night after the first day of the show along with 20 other awards.|
|Our consolation prize for not winning the top award is that we were sitting with the fellow who did. Best of Show was awarded to Photographer Paul Stevens who is shown here with his especially delighted and delightful partner, Sue.|
|Sunrise from the patio directly behind our hotel on Daytona Beach taken two days before the Halifax show.|
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
|The finished project in my hotel room.|
Two days before leaving on the fall tour, I received a telephone call asking me if I could gild a battery powered megaphone using karat gold leaf that would then be presented to someone as a trophy during a dedication ceremony for a big project. I agreed to do the job and mentioned to the caller that I was about to go out on tour for six weeks, but that I could do it between art shows in my hotel room. We agreed and the caller ordered the megaphone and had it sent to the hotel to arrive the day we would.
When we arrived the hotel in Orlando, Florida that next Wednesday, the megaphone was sitting behind the front desk just as we had planned it. Upon opening and inspecting it in the room, I ordered the gold leaf (Manetti 22K Deep Gold) for arrival Monday, which would be the day after our first weekend art show on our tour. I would be set to begin gilding on Tuesday.
Everything worked out well with the job despite the higher pressure of doing it away from my studio in Wyoming. It presented a bit of a stressful situation for me, but I got the job done and back into the hands of the presenters on Saturday, October 18. And thanks to the US Postal Service Priority EXPRESS MAIL service, the 19x13x12 inch package weighing 7 lbs. only cost $48 to ship to them overnight and It arrived to my customer in less than 24 hours. Other courier services wouldn't have delivered it on Saturday without charging extra fees, plus the initial cost would have been much higher; close to $150.
I first disassembled the handle and trigger mechanism from the body of the megaphone and gilded them separately. Then I gilded the inside of the horn which turned out to be much more difficult than I anticipated. While doing so I realized that I really needed to disassemble the entire unit, something I resisted doing in the beginning since I didn't know about the construction of it or about the electronics inside. Would i be able to reassemble the unit without a hitch? But hard to reach areas deep down inside the horn as well as ridges molded into the plastic made the gilding impossible to accomplish without taking it apart. And then it became evident that I would need to re-gild (double gild) the inside as well, which meant I had misjudged the amount of gold needed to complete the entire project. So I ordered another book of gold from two different sources, both of which arrived the next Tuesday. I finished the gilding by Wednesday and sealed the outside only with shellac on Friday morning and detailed minor blemishes that arose during the finishing.
The post office at Lake Mary, Florida (north Orlando) would accept the package until 4:45 p.m. and still get it to its destination by 3:00 the next day, Saturday, October 18. And it did. Thanks a million, USPS. WOOHOO!
Here are some photos showing details and the various stages of gilding.
|The reassembled horn. The rubber gasket can be seen between the blue and the gold. The gold dial at left is the volume control.|
|This view shows the voice piece screen at right which is also part of the battery housing cover.|
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Sunday, August 17, 2014
|I varied the height of each tower, just like those in the actual buildings of Four Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, CA. I curved the top leg of the frame between the two vertical tower legs.|
|I rounded the base of the towers. I'll engrave the painting title in the center leg of the frame. We'll unveil the finished framework this September during our first venue, The Cotton South, in Greensboro, GA.|
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Friday, July 11, 2014
|Barrie turning a tondo frame in his studio, getting ready to do a presentation about gold leaf techniques during the Wyoming Woodturner's group meeting in Worland on Sunday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.|
|Applying gesso to tondos. I make my own gesso with|
rabbit skin glue and French rouge gilder's whiting.
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Monday, June 30, 2014
|Here's a nice look at the interior of our studio gallery at Kirby, Wyoming.|
We welcome visitors by appointment. Call us at (307) 864-2697.
|New Beginnings is one of our all-time favorite works. The|
image size for it is 16x16.5 inches and is printed on 20x19
inch paper. Price for this beauty is $125 (a bargain!)
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Monday, March 31, 2014
|Our third Best of Show at this venue.|
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
|Unreachable continues to captivate judges |
at shows, and this time she claimed an Award of
Merit upon being selected for judging by noted
realist and Art Renewal Center 2006 International
Salon William Bouguereau Award winner,
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Monday, March 10, 2014
|A Summer Fantasy|
©2014 Merglenn Studios
Original pastel painting by AB Word
Original gouge-carved frame by BL Bryant
For our second venue we'll mosey across the panhandle to exhibit in Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts held March 29 & 30. We'll occupy booth #60 in the Gulf Breeze High School parking lot.
Our third weekend venue happens April 5 & 6 at Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival. Last year we exhibited in booth 215 located along the cul-du-sac at show center and have requested the same booh once again for this year.
We'll have a weekend off before taking Tallahassee by storm for LeMoyne Chain of Parks Arts Festival held Easter weekend, April 19 & 20. We've exhibited in this venue more than any other at Florida and it's always been a good one for us.
Please consult our website at http://merglennstudios.com and blog regularly for updates since we sometimes change our schedule. We'll probably be integrating our blog with our website while on tour, and we'll post updates regarding that transition as it progresses.
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