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 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