Creating a rusted iron relief sculpture

I have had my eye on this paint product from Modern Masters and gave it a try on a relief carving made out of HDU that I made for a recent project.

First, you apply the metal effects primer…

  

Then apply the 2 coats of the iron paint…

  

Then apply several coats of the rust activator spray. The rust increases with each application…

Now you have a rusted metal sculpture!!! (at least the illusion of one) There is one more step I don’t have a picture of and it’s a clear sealer that prevents the iron from oxidizing any more. I am very pleased with this product.

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Black Walnut Carved Sign

This sign was made of 3/4″ thick walnut boards edge glued together to make a sign roughly 16″ x 60″ with carved and painted letters and routed decorative edge, finished with a clear satin.

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Lion’s Den Sign

This sign is roughly 3/4″ x 5″ x 14″ with a lion profile carved on each side and carved script letters and finished with a satin clear coat.

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Carved Sewing Machine

My friend and veteran sign maker, John Miller, from SignsbyAutografix in CT, created an excellent sign design for a local tailor that incorporated an antique sewing machine on the top. He asked me to make the sewing machine and he took care of the rest.

I used the CNC to cut out 3 profiles to glue up and then I used reference photos to carve the rest.

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Carved Log Disk

A customer showed up with this log disk he cut with his chainsaw. He and his wife are from Ireland and speak fluent Gaelic. They asked me to carve this saying into the wood as a gift for their friend. It means something like “there is no one like him”.( I could totally be messing that up)

 

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Personalized Pet Portrait Sign

This customer’s beloved pet, Holly, is getting old and she wanted to create a sign to memorialize her before she passes on. She sent me some pictures and the spelling of her name and this is what was made…

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Welcome Signs – Grove School – Madison, CT

The Grove School in Madison, CT got in touch and ordered two signs. The first one greets visitors and directs them to the second one, the Welcome Center. Pictures were taken of the area with the old signs and sign sketches were Photoshop’d into the areas to help visualize the possibilities.

The old and new Welcome sign

 

The old and new Welcome Center sign…

These were made from weatherproof 1″ thick PVC board and painted with premium exterior paints.

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