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    A Couple of Interesting Novelty Signs

    Finished up a couple of novelty signs today for some close friends I'm visiting with at the end of the week. (They have specific meaning to each)

    This one was interesting in that I used a red tinted clear to provide interesting contrast in the background field from the initial blue/purple color coat in that area. That tinted clear sits thicker in the "nooks and crannies" for an interesting effect.





    23K gold leaf highlights this one. Guilding is an interesting art form and I'm very glad I took a two day seminar last year from a real expert...our own TR. I managed not to screw this up too badly. LOL The surfaces ideally would have been smoother, but a time crunch ensued.

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    Very nice! Are they done with a CNC router?

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    Beautiful Jim!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roger wiegand View Post
    Very nice! Are they done with a CNC router?
    Yes, Roger. CNC cut. Material is HDU (sign foam) which is a pleasure to work with.
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    Great work Jim. I hope that's not your blood on the tissue!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    Great work Jim. I hope that's not your blood on the tissue!
    LOL! No, that's red paint.
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    Nice job! What was your method of applying the red top coat? Your lines turned out clean and crisp.
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    Beautiful work Jim!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Schrum View Post
    Nice job! What was your method of applying the red top coat? Your lines turned out clean and crisp.
    Assuming you mean the "Perfect Love" sign, the whole thing was sprayed with the red and then the field was brushed in. It's really easy to get a very clean line if there is a defined edge by just brushing "up" the sides vertically. Thinking things through before starting the finishing is important so you can optimize the steps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    Assuming you mean the "Perfect Love" sign, the whole thing was sprayed with the red and then the field was brushed in. It's really easy to get a very clean line if there is a defined edge by just brushing "up" the sides vertically. Thinking things through before starting the finishing is important so you can optimize the steps.
    ... and I had it the other way in my head with the red coat going on last. I appreciate the quick reply and great work!
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    Way cool Jim!

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    I'm amazed at how quickly you've been able to get professional results. Great work!
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    Both are very good. What is the bottom layer of the Joy sign? It seems to be textured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Shipton View Post
    Both are very good. What is the bottom layer of the Joy sign? It seems to be textured.
    It's a technique I learned from TR MacMunn ... two pocket tool paths using a .125" ball nose at 91% stepover with the first set at 35 raster and the second at -35 raster with a finishing pass. An alternative to this is to use a lower stepover for more of a "linen" effect like on the other sign.
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    Very cool Jim. I quite like the effect, and it seems to avoid the tool marks. Thanks for passing along what you learned from TR MacMunn.

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