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by simoonez
Thu 27 Feb, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: Business Matters
Topic: Taking card payments using smart phone
Replies: 5
Views: 2929

Re: Taking card payments using smart phone

I'm using a payleven card machine with a Galaxy S3 on similar terms to the iZettle one. It's just the same as a normal reader but without the contract. We're a gallery as well so we're able to take it to art fairs as its completely mobile. I would recommend it to anyone, although there is a turning ...
by simoonez
Wed 26 Feb, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you do if...
Replies: 7
Views: 1662

Re: What do you do if...

I just had a very similar thing in. A beatiful pencil drawing with a full strip of masking tape across the top, sticking it to the mount. I was able to get this off fine, but then found that it was stuck to the mount with double sided tape as well. :Slap: I just handed it back, nothing I was willing...
by simoonez
Fri 21 Feb, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rollers vs. vacuum press
Replies: 4
Views: 1039

Rollers vs. vacuum press

This may well have been covered here, probably several times over but I can't find it if it has. Now, I use a JM34, it gets a fair bit of use and certainly plays a vital roll (no pun intended) in making me money. But I've never thought 'I wish this did more' or 'I wish this did things slightly diffe...
by simoonez
Thu 20 Feb, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you use to clean glass ?
Replies: 32
Views: 4204

Re: What do you use to clean glass ?

I agree with Prospero there, I never use any compressed air in the workshop (apart from the underpinner, but the compressor is in the other room). I do have a separate room where I can do sanding, use air tools etc. Having air flowing in the workshop always seems to increase the appearance of flumbs...
by simoonez
Wed 19 Feb, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WANTED: Frame Making Apprenticeship
Replies: 5
Views: 1006

Re: WANTED: Frame Making Apprenticeship

I would approach John Jones in your position. http://www.johnjones.co.uk/about/work-for-us/ Doesn't seem to be many trainee level opportunities at the moment but they're the cat's banana from my point of view. As I understood it from when I graduated from Bournemouth a few years ago they do good tra...
by simoonez
Wed 19 Feb, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you use to clean glass ?
Replies: 32
Views: 4204

Re: What do you use to clean glass ?

Just micro fibre cloths. They seem to last a fair while before they get a bit streaky. I spray a little 'Method Glass' from Waitrose onto the cloth seems to work a treat. When they do get a bit greasy I just stick them in the wash.
by simoonez
Tue 11 Feb, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Adverts/Sales/Wants
Topic: Mount Cutter Wated
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: Mount Cutter Wated

There's a couple available through Wessex -
http://www.wessexpictures.com/second_ha ... inery.html
by simoonez
Sun 09 Feb, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Backlighting a batik
Replies: 15
Views: 6151

Re: Backlighting a batik

LED light sheets would be the only thing I would choose. Really not cheap though.
I get mine from LEDlightsheet.co.uk, very helpful folks. Saved me a lot of time and money messing about trying to sort out light spots and reflective backs.
by simoonez
Tue 21 Jan, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Adverts/Sales/Wants
Topic: Wanted underpinner
Replies: 3
Views: 994

Re: Wanted underpinner

Second go lucky, hopefully that's it :D .

I'm open to offers, but I'm looking for £450 for the both.

I'm in Gillingham in North Dorset.
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by simoonez
Tue 21 Jan, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Adverts/Sales/Wants
Topic: Wanted underpinner
Replies: 3
Views: 994

Re: Wanted underpinner

Hi Alexis, I'm selling my Minigraf m3 with a 50l compressor. They're not new by any stretch of the imagination, but they work well. The compressor needs a new exhaust filter but its otherwise good. There's a few boxes of v nails with it. 20131125_133637.jpg I can't seem to attach a pic of the compre...
by simoonez
Sun 12 Jan, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Morso not cutting cleanly
Replies: 15
Views: 4020

Re: Morso not cutting cleanly

Something I found helps is to run a bead of silicon (sorry..I know it's a bit of a curse word) down the gap between the two adjustable fences. This can help support the back from flaking out. It won't cure all mouldings and you'll have to replace it regularly, but it's helped on a lot of mine.
by simoonez
Wed 04 Dec, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: After Hours
Topic: Paper cuts
Replies: 10
Views: 7487

Re: Paper cuts

This isn't quite framing related but Prospero's post reminded me. I used to work in a lighting factory as a paint sprayer painting industrial light fittings. While I was spraying my co-sprayer was moving some sheet metal and put it down by letting it slide past his fingers. I knew nothing of it (bei...
by simoonez
Mon 25 Nov, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Tack Cloths
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Tack Cloths

I use 3M tack pads, but i'm sure they're better than I need. And more expensive as well.
I'm sure you can get masses of them for pennies from fleabay or toolstation or screwfix..
by simoonez
Sun 03 Nov, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Glass & sheet cutting
Replies: 49
Views: 7196

Re: Glass & sheet cutting

I do have a wall cutter, but I never use it. I've never got on with shuffling full sheets of glass behind the cutter track without chipping corners or worse. I built a dedicated bench for cutting AR glass and now I cut all my glass there, suits me much better. It's a sloping top with a non-slip rubb...
by simoonez
Mon 09 Sep, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: fine art degree grad looking for work
Replies: 2
Views: 1619

Re: fine art degree grad looking for work

Hi Tim,

Firstly thanks for quoting me on that Black walnut moulding a couple of weeks back, sadly my customer didn't go for it.

Secondly John Jones have a few vacancies, can't get better than them in my opinion.

http://www.johnjones.co.uk/about/work-for-us/
by simoonez
Mon 05 Aug, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dust etc
Replies: 17
Views: 4649

Re: Dust etc

Flumbs seem to appear and move contrary to the laws of physics. They can be pretty horrendous. The revolution for me was tack rags. I clean the glass and just before I assemble the whole sandwich I wipe the glass with a tack rag and put them together. I rarely have a problem now. 8) The tack rags ca...
by simoonez
Sun 19 May, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: USP
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: USP

Hi Adam, My experience is limited and I'm sure there are other views on here regarding how to set up, but I think any business needs to find a niche in the market to succeed. To find your USP you might go to every framer in a 10 mile radius (depending on the density of the local population..) and fi...
by simoonez
Wed 15 May, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Start up advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1369

Re: Start up advice

I don't think you'd find many willing to train their competition AND pay them for the privilege - be paid for it would be more likely. I'm under 20 miles away and run a one-to-one course if you're interested https://scenes.biz/framersdirectory/index.php?method=showdetails&list=advertisement&rollid=...
by simoonez
Wed 15 May, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: Start up advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1369

Re: Start up advice

Hi Adam and welcome to the forum. That is a lot of questions. My first instinct is to echo Steve and say get some experience with an existing framer. You'll get experience, knowledge of practices, equipment and dealing with customers. And be paid for it. I'll try and answer your questions directly t...
by simoonez
Wed 15 May, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cassese underpinners
Replies: 3
Views: 664

Cassese underpinners

I've recently worked my way through a few second hand underpinners, and I think it's time to buy new. I'm thinking about a cassese - in particular the 199xl - but there website says they're going to shortly be bringing in a new range of underpinners. Anyone know anything about this? I'm holding back...