It is hard to believe that it was only seven 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 - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Through extensive research I quickly found out that with the relative simplicity of EnRoute, CNC routers were capable of just about anything imaginable. This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as we continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful software... -dan

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sign planet

I painted the gold size, on the letter faces, waited for it to tack up and then applied the 23K gold. That added a whole lot of bling in a hurry but I wasn't finished yet. I applied another layer of size to the upper portions of the lettering with a ragged lower edge and then applied some variegated leaf to that area. The lettering instantly came alive!  When the gold had cured I mounted the lettering to the lid top and used sculpting epoxy to form the gravel and rocks radiating out from the center of the rocket blast.

After this cured I applied the two coats of metallic copper, two blends and then a glaze to tome it all down. When that had dried a little subtle dry brushing with some orange metallic gave the rocks a nice sheen. The piece looks like a giant cake ready for a deluxe topper. Now the real fun begins!