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Carey Beebe screening and gilding the nameboard inscription.
The nameboard inscription is one of the final tasks before the instrument can be considered complete.
A silk screen is used for several years. The transparency of the CAREY BEEBE • MMX inscription—used in the manufacture of the screen—is taped in place on the nameboard. The nameboard position is precisely determined by sighting through the screen in its depressed position, and constrained with little blocks nailed to the baseboard. The screen is loaded with black Flex enamel and a test print or two made on a piece of thin gloss card. The screen is reloaded and two passes made. While the enamel dries ready for gilding, the screen is thoroughly cleaned with Mineral Turpentine.
When the enamel barely pulls the little hairs on the back of a finger, the gold can be applied without drowning. Here, genuine 23K gold leaf from a 25mm wide roll is used. The roll is unwound while the gold is lightly pressed onto the tacky enamel. A light brushing with a soft camelhair mop then removes the excess leaf.
The next day, the inscription is lightly polished with a cotton wool ball to remove any flake residue, and the nameboard can be screwed above the upper keyboard, finishing the instrument.
Photos of this instrument in progress can be found here:
Ruckers Double Harpsichord, Carey Beebe, Sydney 2010
commission for Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore.
Post time: Apr-04-2017