|I also purchased some architrave|
for the edges. Nice bare wood just
waiting to be primed.
|The board was sanded down and |
given a coat of primer on both sides.
Then a good coat of undercoat with plenty
of sanding down in-between coats.
|A close up of the architrave I purchased. I|
didn't want the architrave to be too prominent,
otherwise it would take the focus off the sign.
|Board and architrave undercoated in brilliant|
|Just another photo of all the woodwork under-|
coated. I left it for a day then sanded the whole
lot down ready for glossing.
|Once the board was dry, I noticed a few small|
flaws in the surface, so I mixed up some filler
and made it good. Then more sanding before
another coat of undercoat.
|The board sanded, primed, sanded, undercoated,|
sanded, filled, sanded, 2nd undercoat
and now finally ready for the gloss.
|Brilliant white gloss applied to the board. Allow|
to dry for at least 2 days.
|Architrave has had a miter cuts and then |
primed, under-coated and finished in one coat
|In the original design the bowler hats at each|
end had shading, I decided to paint the hats
in black with no shading for maximum contrast.
This however meant changing the design so
I could use the white of the board in the design
of the hats.
|Pencil design almost done...|
|I like to get the whole design down before I|
start painting, others like to paint as they go.
|Equal spacing is so important, if you get this|
part wrong it will stick out like a sore thumb
and make the sign look terrible. I will tidy up
the edges of the board at a later stage.
|I decided to have the 2 bowler hats at each |
end face inwards towards each other.
|Once I was happy with the pencil design, time|
to start sign writing. I like to start with the script
|The script lettering all done, just starting on|
the bold surnames.
|A close up of the bowler hat design, using|
the white background as an integral part of
the design. I think the stark contrast looks good.
|Another view of the sign so far...|
|As I have a day job, I can only do the sign in|
the evenings, and at weekends which makes
the whole job much longer.
|Sign finished. The Stan Laurel end....|
|And the Oliver Hardy end.|
|The finished sign. I still need to touch up the |
edges with black but apart from that it's
|From the front these hangers are very discreet|
and will hardly notice when the sign is hung up.