dah79 wrote:These signs are just awesome! I have tried my hand at one of them, but had an issue when cutting the outside profile (the part moved) and spoiled it. I think what really makes the signs are the contrast of colors. Would like to hear how you go about this. Nice work!
It is quite simple.
1. Cut and sand the entire sign
2. Take a small brush and cover the top face of the first name lettering with gloss clear. Let this fully dry before moving on.
3. Wipe/brush on the border/surname stain. (I used General Finishes 'Espresso' gel stain). I only stain the top face of the lettering.
4. As soon as the gel stain is dry to the touch (a few minutes), I wipe on the background colour stain over the entire sign (border/lettering as well). I find that this step really ties everything together.
5. After the background stain has dried overnight, I block sand the top face of the first name lettering to bring it back to the natural light birch/maple colouring.
6. I then spray a non-yellowing semi-gloss clear over the sign and I'm done! Total time to colour the sign is about an hour (not including wait time between the staining stages and clear coats).