Using a quilting tool to make signs
As you know, I cheat as much as possible when I make things and this Pirate’s Lair pub sign is no exception. The detailed artwork of the pirate is really a laser print of an Adobe Illustrator file cut out and glued in place. The rest of the project is standard cnc work. You can see in the photos how the sign progressed from cutting on the cnc to painting and then adding the artwork.
For the painting (all hand painted) I put down a base coat of color and when that was dry I used a dark glaze to add some antiquing before gluing the artwork in place with Modge Podge.
So where does the quilt making tool come into play, you ask. Well, my wife has a Brother Scan N Cut machine for cutting quilt shapes out of cloth. The machine will cut everything from paper to vinyl, cloth, and supposedly even light leather. And, the machine can scan your design, create a cutting outline, and then cut it out. The Scan N Cut is really a little cnc machine and cutting out the pirate was a cinch.
The final sign is 16” x 22” x 1.25” and was cut from one of Lowe’s glued up spruce panels.
Dragons slain. Damsels rescued. No reasonable request refused ... unless the dragon's really big. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~Oscar Wilde http://profhenrys.blogspot.com