Beer Stein Plaque

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Beer Stein Plaque

Postby lpcsales » Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:41 pm

Here's a stein I did out of 1" SignFoam with Cut3D. After cutting and sanding, I airbrushed it to give it more of a rounded appearance and to simulate a pewter finish. It was then mounted to a 11" x 14" alder plaque that I planned off and stained a dark walnut. I then laser engraved a broken brick pattern to the surface to give it a little backgound detail. The stein was then epoxied to the plaque.

The name plate is 1/4" walnut, laser engraved and glued into the recessed pocket.

I did this for my son who is a 'nut' on making his own beer and will mount to the wall over his beer keg bar.

Fun project and Cut3D did a fine job!!
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Postby Tony Mac » Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:57 pm

Great job Dave.

The pewter spray job looks very realistic and I'm sure your son will love it.

Cheers,

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Postby DwayneInfo » Sat Dec 23, 2006 3:10 pm

That looks great. Heck I do not drink and I want one too.

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Postby CRFultz » Sat Dec 23, 2006 3:36 pm

That truly looks like pewter. Excellent job.
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Postby Warren » Sat Dec 23, 2006 3:50 pm

Excellend piece Dave,

I am sure your son will love it!

I know someone else who would probably like one hanging over his beer keg, but we havn't heard from him in a while, he is probably pulling up some flooring somewhere. (he he)

Cheers, and Merry Xmas

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Postby lpcsales » Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:34 pm

Thanks everyone! It was a fun project.

I wanted it to be much thicker...more like the real thing, but the only SignFoam I had in stock was the 1"...so I had to flatten the 3D model to get if to fit and still retain some the curvature of the stein.


As it turns out...for a wall plaque..that was probably to the better anyway.
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Postby melarky » Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:54 pm

If you ever get bored, I would love (and I'm sure others would too) to learn more about your technique in painting the stein to look like pewter. It's a very nice effect, and the results speak for themselves.

Great job, once we get our CNC machine fixed (problem with the y-axis, the parts are in the mail to fix), I want to play around with Cut3D.
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Postby Phil » Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:53 pm

I agree with stewbidasso, I'd like to hear how you painted the stein. Great job! By the way Stew, how is that pronounced?
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Postby melarky » Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:41 am

Ha, my name isn't actually stew, I've been meaning to change my username (I have a different one I use now, Melarky, it's a blend of my wifes name and mine, Mel+Marky), but I don't see how (I clicked in the Profile section, but it doesn't look like that has the ability to do it).

Maybe Tony can shine some light on this (sorry if this would be better suited off this board, but the PM function is disabled, so I don't know where to ask about that)...
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Postby lpcsales » Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:49 pm

Phil..Stew, thanks. I'll try to explain it. Please keep in mind that I certainly am not an artist and only have briefly used an airbrush...(that should get your courage up some, huh?)

The foam has a rough-pourous texture to it and that helped in getting the look. I sprayed it with a white signfoam sealer primer first. I didn't use too much, as I didn't want to fill in all of the texture. Next I did a light sanding.

I don't recall the type of paint I used (not in the shop right now, so can't go look), but I mixed up a gray color that would be the predominant color of the stein and airbrushed over the entire stein.

Next I needed to create the bright highlites to give it more of an outward punch. I used white paint for this. To create a somewhat sharp edge to the highlite, I held a piece of paper against the surface and off-center to the left of the stein and at a slight angle...somewhat following the left edge of the stein while at the top almost in center. With the paper acting as a shield, I airbrushed the white paint along the edge of the paper in a downward sweeping motion from top to bottom. This left a white streak of paint with a fading right-hand edge and a sharp-crisp edge on the left.

I repeated the same procedure again, but moved the paper to the right-side of center and used a little less white paint, as this side was to appear to be a little further from the viewer. Now I had 2 white, fading highlites running vertically up the face of the stein.

Freehanding it with the airbrush on the top lid, I lightly airbrushed the hotspots, running diagonally down and into the leftmost vertical highlite.

Next, to give a better fading from the white to the base gray, I mixed up a lighter shade of gray and airbrushsed this in and around the white areas. This helped to give it more of a depthy appearance.

Now I took black paint and a very small artist's brush and drew in dark, fading lines from either side to the center at the various surface projections to simulate some sharper detail in surface features.

Finally to give a little more depth, I airbrushed black paint down both the left and right sides of the stein with the darkest on the edges and lighter swooshes as it moved inward. Also some light strokes of the black in various other areas to give it more of a randomly shaded appearance.

To finish it off, I spayed it with 3 coats of shellac....which finished off sealing the foam and adding some luster to give it more of a metallic look.

...and that was about it.

Probably what helped me the most was standing back and looking at it from a short distance and making judgement calls on 'where next' and 'what next' as I moved along.

I did feel from the start that the best way to do this was probably to start with the base color all over it , add the highlites, then fade these into the lighter gray and finally deepen it with the black.

Also, the fact that I only had to deal with shades of gray made it easier for me..If I had to do this in color....forget it :P

Sorry for the long post...but you asked :lol:
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Postby melarky » Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:56 pm

Thanks for the details lpcsales, you're very modest about your talent, it's clear from the technique you described and the finished product, you are an "artist". I think it would be fun to test this finish (I have an air brush, but not much experience with it, might be a great learning experience).

Thanks again for the detailed post.
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Postby CRFultz » Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:28 pm

Oh, thats how you did it :shock: .....I take it you have a wee bit experience in airbrushing.....

my airbrushing consists of waving a paintbrush at a bunch of bees :wink:

Nice work!

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Postby dighsx » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:05 am

Beer good...mmmmmmmm!.... Nice work man.
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Postby js11110 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:38 pm

Jay,

Where you been, man? You can't STILL be taking up your neighbors floors? If you are, that must be a BIG house!! :lol:


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Postby dighsx » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:39 pm

Here ya go Jason, I create a post of my goings-on: http://www.vectric.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=935
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