Before I could do the final assembly of the 'SIGN' letters and the rounded top of the planet I needed to do the painting and gilding. It would be impossible to do once they are in place. I started with two coats of plain copper metallic over the entire letters and background. I allowed things to dry in-between coats.
Then I did a blend coat of black cherry on the bottom, through copper and into a metallic orange on the upper portions. The top letters are the example. The bottom letters have a greenish brown glaze we call 'SWAMP' brushed on and then wiped off. Once the glaze is on the letters are ready for gilding.
It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.
Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan