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Restoring A Wooden Handle Rubber Squeegee

Last weekend I started filming an instructional video on removing a super glued rubber squeegee from a wooden squeegee handle. When I asked around how to go about doing this I didn’t get any direct answers. So I gave it a shot and filmed what I learned. Here is the video:

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Process: Wiring Fluorescent Ballasts On The Cheap

My first exposure unit. February 2015 - May 2015. RIP.

My first exposure unit. February 2015 – May 2015. RIP.

A couple weeks ago I broke my first makeshift exposure unit. I was using three 500 watt halogen lights in combination with a compression system (glass, stencil, screen, foam, plywood) held together with clamps. It started with a single halogen at a long distance and I kept adding lights and decreasing the distance. During this last burn the stencil film even melted a bit. Well, the clamps didn’t allow the glass to expand (from the heat) and the whole thing broke. So I’m moving on to a new system and today I’m going to detail wiring fluorescent light ballasts to save a buck.

Fluorescent light fixtures are available in a number of configurations. However, they are often costly and the spacing of bulbs is rarely ideal for exposing screens. My hope is that my move to fluorescents will dramatically decrease exposure time and heat.  Continue reading

Hello world!

Yo! There isn’t much to see here because I’m not telling folks about this just yet. You can move along to my personal site, John Everett Morton for the time being. I hope to share some of my own Neat and Keen things here in the future along with some Neat and Keen things by others. Ciao!

Process: Love Poem Poster (Part 1)

Love Poem Poster Rough Draft

Some weeks back I teased a bit about a love poem poster I was working on. Since then a few things have changed as you can see above. The original plan was to work on an 18 x 24 inch letterpress design. I’ve never designed anything for letterpress and I thought it would be good. I’m not opposed to to doing a letterpress version, but I got to thinking how expensive it would be to do and thought a text only 2-color screen printed poster would be a more affordable alternative. But today’s discussion is not about design side of the rough draft you see above, and rest assured, it is a very rough draft. Hopefully all the things that bug you (and me) about this visually will be corrected in future drafts. Today I’m doing a breakdown of the words behind this work in progress. Continue reading

What’s On Your Bucket List?

Bucket List

Earlier this week I did a review of Chris Guillebeau’s book The Happieness of Pursuit. One of the exercises in the book is to make your own bucket list, the list of things you want to accomplish before you die. I feel like I have made such a list before, but I couldn’t find in anywhere. It’s possible that I just kept a handful of things in mind because as I sat down to write them out, I was amazed at how difficult it was and how few things I had in mind. Here’s a detailed look at what’s on my bucket list now. Continue reading