Shave and a Haircut
Shave and a Hair Cut...
The idea behind this design was as a fun project for a workshop on gold leaf since one of the students owns a few barber shops. Shave and a Haircut Two Bits happens to be world renown. If you do the knock in America, Asia, Europe, Pacific Islands, or almost anywhere in the world people know what to do...daunt daunt.
The artist researched the poles that were made of many materials from a few sources and designed them with gold leaf glass in mind. The listing was an actual listing of services offered by barber shops in the past and was added to help bring humor to the design. The traditional colors of the poles in the United States have always been red, white and blue.
DESCRIPTION - MAKING OF
What went into the making of...
We start with a plain piece of glass and cut it to size. The edges were then hand nipped (scalloped) and deep cleaning the glass to remove oils or hidden contaminants as to receive the gold leaf. We then back up the gold with a special ink that helps hold the gold in place. The gold leaf process is called water gilding and has been around for hundreds of years. After the ink is dry, the process of removing the excess gold is done very carefully leaving the image of a mirrored gold effect. This is all done on the back side of the glass and is where the term Reverse Painted Glass comes from in the form of decoration, lettering, and so on.
There are many different painted effects which can be done, and as our collecting is added too, you will see most of these effects on these beautiful works of art.
The colors and design elements are done with certain effects in mind such as a high contrast color might make an element of the design jump out at you, whereas lower contrasting colors may be used to soften the effects.
This particular piece has Gold lip Mother of Pearl in the globe and the dots in the corners. For the barber pole in order to give more dimension to the metal part there is 4 different kts of gold - 12kt, 16kt, 18kt and 23kt. The 23kt was water gilded, or mirrored.
The letter is 23kt mirrored outline with 16kt gold centers.
The maroon panel was added to contrast the mirrored gold effect.
This type of art is one of the most beautiful and complicated forms to make, and there are many parts of the process that can go wrong even with the best well thought out plans.
Artisans that do this type of art have to plan it all out before it has even begun and takes a skilled craftsman or craftswoman to be able to produce this art form. It is one of the reasons there are very few artisans who even do this type of work on a professional level.
Photographs and even video are a poor substitute for how beautiful this art form is, and the term you have to see it to believe it definitely applies.