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1883 Stutsman County Courthouse Exhibit


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I work for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and one of my co-workers is working on restoring an 1883 Courthouse.  He is creating a new hands-on exhibit on civics and the government positions that most people don't tend to know what they do.  Such as an auditor or register of deeds.  He has purchased some old office equipment, and we are working on cleaning it up for use.  As part of this, I have gotten to use my painting skills on a couple of projects.  The first was painting the cheap plastic flag toppers that came with some 48-star flags he purchased. I primed them black, dry brushed them with silver followed by some cursed gold.  I then used some brown and yellow ink to make a shade and a highlight of new gold.  I am happy with how they turned out. 

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My current project is repainting the numbers on a 1918 Burrows Adding Machine.  The numbers on the total bar are badly faded.  So is the plate that shows the commas and decimal point. It is a simple process of priming white and then using skeleton bone to give it a slightly aged look.  So far I have finished all of the zeros and ones.

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I also had to paint the label on the front.  We were unsure if the number on front was a 3 or a 9. 

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We found it on the serial number plate.  I used some bright silver and traced the lettering, but had to do a little bit of freehand where it was faded.  It turned out really well.

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