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Art Pedestals and Classes are Loved by World Leaders and Private Citizens Too

In early 2014, the international news media outlets’ headlines exploded with news connecting a former U.S. President to fine art classes. Many people were fascinated with the news and we don’t blame them. After all, who would have imaged that the man who once held the fate of the free world in his hands would now be holding a paint brush and displaying his work on art pedestals? Ummm….us, that’s who!

We know how attractive fine art classes and art pedestals can be to so many different people. That’s because we produce some of the best, museum quality art pedestals in the world. Plus, we know that through the years, there have been other world leaders who’ve taken up a palette a time or two. Among them were Jimmy Carter, Winston Churchill, Vladmir Putin and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Bush apparently loves to create portrait paintings. Interestingly enough, Eisenhower favored portraits for a time too. However, he also seemed to enjoy painting landscapes as did Churchill. Carter, on the other hand, has produced paintings of animals, landscapes and people. And Putin’s work, thus far, has been quite contemporary.

World leaders apparently like to do more than just paint and display their work on art pedestals in their off time too. How do we know that? Well, there’s even been an entire book dedicated to former U.S. President’s pencil sketches and random doodles. It contains the impromptu artwork of men like Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. So as you can see, we weren’t really surprised to learn that G.W. Bush decided to dabble in the arts as well.

To learn more about art pedestals that are beautiful enough to display the work of all artists, please contact us.

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Custom Display for Calibur 11’s EA Battlefield 3 Cases

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We build custom all the time. When Calibur 11 needed a trade show display to promote their Battlefield 3-inspired “Vault” cases for XBOX and Playstation gaming systems, they came to us to design a custom-lit display with a dust cover equipped with Security Torx. The ambient-lit top and custom logo wrap rounded out this sharp, simple display system. These are some of our favorite types of projects, getting to work with the customer to meet their custom needs and, hopefully, exceed their expectations regarding quality and painless design-process.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Sheen

What is Sheen?
Sheen means “a soft luster on a surface.” Synonyms are luster, shine, gloss, brilliance.

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Sheen Standards at Pedestal Source
Standard Laminates (Black/White) – Matte
Premium Laminates – Gloss to Matte
Lacquers (Clear/Opaque) – Satin and Matte

Note: While there are technical measurements for sheen, even those are relative to the calibrating surface. What’s more, these technical measurements don’t always align with popular usage. If you are concerned about whether our “matte” is your “matte” and you aren’t in a rush, we’re happy to send you a sample.

Getting Technical
Sheen is measured by an instrument called a Gardner 60 Gloss Meter, which measures the light emitted from the instrument at a specified incident angle, reflected from the surface of the dried coating being measured at the same angle, to a receiver. The instrument compares the emitted light to the received light and computes the difference to determine the amount directly reflected versus the light scattered or diffused by that surface. It compares the results to results of the same test performed on a calibrating surface, such as a highly polished black glass plate. The calibrating surface should register 100 on this scale.

  • Gloss- 90% sheen
  • Semi-gloss, between about 60% and 70% sheen
  • Satin- 50% sheen
  • Low satin- 30% to 40% sheen
  • Matte or flat- 10% sheen
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Gallery Pedestals: A Great Way to Celebrate Wedding Anniversaries

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Do you have loved ones that will be celebrating a wedding anniversary in the weeks ahead? Have you been asked to help plan a special party for them? If so, we’d like to suggest incorporating gallery pedestals into the party décor. In our experience, they can really play a pivotal role in the affair. Here’s how:

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Many anniversary couples and party attendees enjoy taking a leisurely walk down memory lane. Gallery pedestals can help them do that. Simply line up the pedestals in one area of the party room. Then top each one with a framed photo or other item representing a moment in the anniversary couple’s past.

The first gallery pedestal could spotlight something related to the couple’s first date. If no personal photo is available, it could be an item that represents the year that they met. For example, there are companies that sell replicas of newspapers printed on a certain day. The replica could be framed and put onto the galley pedestal alongside of an item that was popular with the youth of the day (e.g. love beads for the 1960s.)

Subsequent gallery pedestals could contain photos of their first house, children, grandchildren and pets. Depending on the couple and their interests, concert photos, sports memorabilia and other items from special celebrations might make perfect additions to the display.

The final gallery pedestal could feature something the couple is looking forward to or a group photo that contains the images of each anniversary party guest. If you choose to go with something that the couple is hoping to achieve, consider having a specialty, faux magazine cover created to mark the occasion. There are ample companies in business today that make such covers for wedding anniversary parties and other special events.

To learn more about gallery pedestals and how they have the potential to enhance wedding anniversary celebrations, please contact us at Pedestal Source. We have an array of affordable, easy-to-use, gallery pedestals to choose from and one business day delivery is available on select orders.

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Tips for Maintaining Museum Quality, Acrylic Sculptures and Pedestals

Museum quality, acrylic sculptures will last a long time, providing that they are cared for properly. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to care for them and they end up permanently marring the pedestals’ beauty in the process. So to prevent those disastrous situations from occurring, our acrylic experts wanted to break down the basics:
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  • Don’t apply household cleansers that contain harsh chemicals, acids, dyes or abrasives to acrylic sculptures. Otherwise, the pedestals may end up severely discolored and scratched. Instead, choose to use mild, water-based detergents and regular tap water or proprietary, acrylic cleaners instead. Examples of chemicals to avoid are carbon tetrachlorine, vinegar, ammonia, acetone, bleach, citrus acid and rubbing alcohol.
  • On top of that, resist the urge to use scouring sponges or rags. The sponges could accidentally rough up the pedestals’ surfaces and the rags could leave lint behind. With that in mind, we recommend using a lint-free chamois like the kind normally used to clean computer monitors, HD television screens and prescription eyeglasses.
  • If scratches, chips or dings appear in the acrylic sculpture’s surface, consider having them looked at by a professional. Depending on how big and deep the flaws are, an expert crafts-person may be able to fill, grind or buff them out with specialized products. In other situations, it may be possible to purchase over-the-counter restoration kits that are suitable for DIY use.
  • After many years of use, some lesser grade, acrylic blends will often develop a yellow hue. It may be possible to remove that using mild abrasives or a hydrogen peroxide soak. Pure, museum quality acrylics rarely discolor due to age. However, they will most certainly develop an ugly hue if they are not cleaned and maintained properly on a regular basis.

To learn more about caring for museum quality, acrylic sculptures and pedestals, please contact us at Pedestal Source. Our pedestals are made with the best materials and expert craftsmanship. Therefore, buyers can rely on them to remain clear, bright and attractive for years to come.

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Memorializing 9/11 – Custom Displays

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We recently had the opportunity to build custom pedestals for a display memorializing the 9/11 attacks. Fire Chief Russ Wood from Glendale Heights, Illinois called us to help him design displays to feature three special items he received from a fellow firefighter in New York City: soil from the crash site in Pennsylvania, a building block from the Pentagon, and a corroded steel rod from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers.

Along with the use of our overhead lighting and custom acrylic wedges, used to tilt the soil and building block toward the observer, we also engineered a system of magnets and metal supports for the corroded steel rod to expertly display these unique, meaningful artifacts.

The goal at Xylem is mind-blowing customer service, in this case meaning we do whatever necessary to find a solution that allows the artifacts displayed to shine, without the displays themselves getting in the way. This is particularly important with sensitive projects such as memorializing 9/11.

Beyond paying condolences to the lives lost, Russ told us the display also serves to remind the Glenside Fire Department of the necessary sacrifices they perform on a daily basis.

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Laminate Statue Pedestals: Which is Better, Seamed or Seamless?

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When choosing laminate statue pedestals for a home, business or museum setting, there are several decisions that must be made. One of them is whether or not the laminate pedestal should be constructed with or without a seamed edge. Personally, we prefer seamless edge pedestals for the following reasons:

No Peek-a-Boo Backing
If you’ve ever gotten up close and personal with edged pedestals, you most likely noticed a dark color around the seams. That’s the laminate’s backing and the pedestal’s base materials peeking through. In our opinion, such peek-a-boo appearances take away from a statue pedestal’s overall aesthetics and could prove to be distracting for viewers. Do you agree with our assessment?

Less Likely to Chip or Crack
In our experience, laminate statue pedestals with seamed edges are also more likely to chip or crack than ones with seamless edges. That’s because the gaps between the laminate sheets, no matter how small, have the potential to snag onto other objects, like a statue’s base. And those repeated snags may eventually cause the statue pedestal’s exposed edges to weaken, chip and crack.

Less Likely to Become Unglued
Keeping with that same line of thought, a laminate statue pedestal’s seams have a better chance of becoming unglued as well. Why? Those small gaps also allow moisture and cleaning solutions to seep down behind the laminate and potentially degrade the glue. Once that happens, the sheets of laminate may begin to separate from the pedestal’s base material.

No Crevices for Dust Bunnies to Hide
A lack of seams also goes a long way in keeping the pedestal loving dust bunnies, bacteria, fungi and other grime at bay. With seamed statue pedestals, on the other hand, there are often nooks and crannies for those materials to hide in and build over time.

To learn more about the advantages of choosing laminate statue pedestals with seamless edges, please contact us at Pedestal Source today.

 

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Art pedestals with dust covers will protect your museum from becoming a heist victim

Museum professionals are well aware of the brazen acts of art thieves. Their impudent crimes make headlines weekly and despite the best efforts of art detectives, some of these crimes are never resolved. Small paintings and valuable easy-to-grab objects such as historic jewelry, ceramics and ancient collectibles are the items of preference for these heist masterminds.

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A simple and affordable investment to prevent your art institution from becoming a heist victim can be found in clear acrylic dust covers for art pedestals. These precision-made transparent covers can safeguard precious art objects from environmental concerns such as dust, UV rays and humidity; while also creating a protective capsule that becomes the first line of defense versus would-be thieves or just clumsy museum goers.

Clear acrylic covers can be added to your pedestals or review our selection of in-house constructed pedestals that accommodate the dust covers with a crisp step-up system. The pedestals and cover combos can come with locks or security screws that prevent the acrylic top from being removed or tampered with. Art thieves have been known to go the extra mile by replacing valuable tokens with replicas and facsimiles to attain the sought after masterpieces. Locking systems give custodians of artifacts the key to maintaining an undisturbed display.

Turntables, spot light or ambient light systems can be included to the dust cover pedestals. These display solutions not only guard against robbers but will elevate the art objects by giving them an impressive home. Whether you are a museum curator concerned with invaluable works of art and objects of historical importance, or an art collector in need of protection solutions, consider the peace of mind that these custom pedestals with clear acrylic dust covers can provide for you. Contact us to learn about our American made display products and their security features.

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Stock Up on Art Stands for Creative Beginnings Month Events Now

Do you know which artistic holiday kicks off each year on May 1st? It’s Creative Beginnings Month. So, you may want to contemplate stocking up on art stands now. They’re a wonderful way to spotlight work by burgeoning artists of all types as well as key pieces completed by professional artists of note. Consequently, the stands may be used often and will fit into most event planners’ promotional budgets for Creative Beginnings Month festivities.

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If you don’t have a lot of funds to work with for Creative Beginnings Month promotions, ask our art stand experts about Pedestal Source’s economy line. It contains 3-part, portable pedestals that cost less than $60 each. They are perfect for day, week or month-long events involving children, offsite venues, large crowds and limited budgets.

Larger, more complex art stands are available at Pedestal Source too. Even though they are not as portable as the stands found in our economy line, many event planners love utilizing them in high-profile situations. They tend to like the way the art stands look in photos and videos. Furthermore, they appreciate the craftsmanship, thought and quality of materials that goes into every aspect of each art stand’s construction.
We have art stands manufactured from wood, metal, laminate, acrylic and other materials that would be appropriate for Creative Beginnings Month events. Subsequently, if you have a particular need, please let us know. We’d be delighted to craft the ideal art stands for any given event. Plus, we can design corresponding components for your Creative Beginnings events too. For instance, our artists can build oversized display cases, tables and wall shelving for events that are expected to last longer than a day. To learn more about our complete collection of art stands and custom services, please contact us online or toll-free at Pedestal Source.

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Join us for a Conversation with Ritsuo Shingo in Fort Collins, CO

A Conversation with Ritsuo Shingo, Presented by Xylem Design

When:   May 12, 2015 @ 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Where:  Powerhouse Energy Institute

(430 N College, Fort Collins, CO 80524)

Space is limited!

Reserve your seats now by emailing seth@xylemdesign.com

 

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Executive leaders

Owners of small to large companies

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Gain insider-insight to Lean leadership and best practices for successful culture development from a sensei of Lean in an intimate setting. Come with your burning questions!

 

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Presentation by Ritsuo Shingo (2 hrs)

Q&A with Mr. Shingo (1 hrs)

 

Ritsuo Shingo Bio

With over 40 years’ experience in lean manufacturing, Ritsuo Shingo started working for Toyota in 1970 and later became the president of Toyota China and Hino Motors. Mr. Shingo currently heads the Institute of Management Improvement, a company started by his father, Dr. Shigeo Shingo, who was instrumental in the creation of the Toyota Production System. Mr. Ritsuo Shingo consults with high-level corporate executives worldwide on the subject of Lean leadership and has extended the commitment to Lean into the next generation of world-class organizations.

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