Florist's sign

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Florist's sign

Postby T.R.MacMunn » Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:46 pm

15lb corafoam, with 31lb corafoam applied letters, MF acrylic paints & 23k gold leaf
The "chipped stone" texture on the letters was done by hand.
Logo could not be made dimensional at this size because there are a multitude of "floating" elements that would be less than .125" thick , although on a larger version, I could have used copper wire with soldered standoffs.
Sign is 42" x 26" x3.25" at its thickest .
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby Mike-S » Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:46 pm

Very classy sign.
The "chipped" letters really set it off.
How'd you do the background texture or did it come that way?
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby T.R.MacMunn » Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:26 pm

Mike, it's an easy texture to create.
Pocket, using a .125" Ballnose with a 99% stepover set to 45*. Then change the angle to -45* & run the file again.
There's very little "Z" movement so it cuts fast. Then just swipe across the pointed tops with a piece of 240 grit sandpaper to ease them so your finish will stick. Or, you could run another pocket toolpath to knock the points off, but the sandpaper only takes a few seconds
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby Leo » Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:34 pm

Love seeing the work you do.

I remember an observation you made on my first New Bedford Tattoo sign about the red letters on a black shadow. The point made was that the red and the black were both dark and would all blur together in the dark.

I see your gold on black, with a dark background, and I do notice the difference. Even in the dark - the light color of the letters will still stand out. Nice touch. I will learn something new every day.

I also like the font - and the layout - beautiful.
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby Mike-S » Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:48 pm

Thank you for the texture info. Nicely done. :D
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby scottart » Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:47 pm

Well done. Thanks
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby customquint » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:37 pm

Looks great! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby honesttjohn » Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:49 pm

What did you spray it with to weather the outdoors? Spar varnish or Spar Urathane or something else???

Also, what adhesive did you use to put the letters on?

Love working with Corafoam - it cuts great and looks so crisp and clean.

Great looking sign!!!!

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Re: Florist's sign

Postby T.R.MacMunn » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:30 pm

Honest John,..... almost any good 100% acrylic paint will outlast any clear finish out there. So, there are no clears on this at all. The ONLY Time I use a clear, it is Clearstar, & that's only over airbrushed areas, because of how much you have to thin the paint.
Spar Varnish & exterior Urethanes usually fail within 2 or 3 years. I have signs all done in acrylic paints that are 13 or 14 years old that just now need to be re-painted.
For the record, 19 years ago, to ease people's fears about longevity, I raised my prices 10% & offered a "no time limit free first refurbishing" . Best move I've ever made. You soon find out what lasts & what doesn't, & which finishes are hellish to remove. I was using a lot of Sikkens Cetol at the time ........ it was the first finish to get the axe. Then 1-shot paint got the boot. Longevity is no longer an issue.
For the record, others warned me about having to do a maintenance coat on varnish & urethane every year, so I've never used it except for interior signage.

As for adhesive .... I use either Gorilla Glue or Dunabond. Both will "squeeze-out" but before it hardens, use some acetone on a cheap Q-tip to dissolve it. You have to watch it.
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Re: Florist's sign

Postby armbrusterco » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:45 am

Another of your fabulous signs. Love to see your work. Thanks,
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