Last year we produced a bespoke swinging sign for a village in Lincolnshire. The village had run a competition to design the sign, and a local artist won. It shows things the area is known for such as the well in the foreground, and an old manor house in the background. We especially liked the Thistle like plant in the bottom right corner – the way she had drawn it translated well into silhouette form. The design was sent to us as a sketch on a piece of paper, which I then re drew on the computer. We made a few little alterations to add strength to the design, and also improved the shape of the well to give it a bit of perspective. The village commitee were keen to keep the ‘hand drawn’ look to it, therefore did not need much input from us. We supplied the sign with a hand forged bracket, and they sourced the pole locally as it would have been difficult to deliver from Manchester.
A bespoke swinging sign we sent out this week with a design to reflect the property’s history! Our customer lives on a farm in a converted barn that used to be a puppet theatre when the farm was a childrens farm, and he contacted us with a sketch showing his idea. It was very good drawing actually; it looked great on paper but there was a bit of work to do in turning the puppets into silhouettes and making the design function in laser cut steel. I made a few minor alterations and added a couple of improvements to the design but this one is largely the customer’s work.
We’ve produced this bespoke business sign for a shop in central Edinburgh. All the details were specified by the customer, such as the powder coat colour to match the existing colour of the shop front, the text style and colour, and the business logo in the centre of the sign. So it’s completely personalised to match the customer’s requirements. This was all painted by hand, and the final coat of paint is just drying now, ready to be sent out this evening.
The main difficulty we had with this sign was the bracket from which the sign will hang. Because the building is listed, the bracket had to fit in with planning laws, and approval was given on the condition that no new holes were drilled in the shop front. So when manufacturing the bracket, we had to make sure the holes matched up exactly with the holes aleady there.
I finished painting this Turkey swinging farm sign yesterday. It’s a big one at 3ft x 2ft and is on it’s way to a Turkey farm in Aberdeenshire. The bird we’ve used is a Bronze Turkey, which the farm breeds. We played about with adding a chick or two, but in the end the customer decided to have the adult bird alone. They have an existing signpost and frame, so we’ve not needed to make a bracket for it, but have welded rings on at the correct point on the top of the sign to match with the existing frame.
This Turkey design could be easily transferred onto a weathervane too.
I’ve just finished painting this bespoke swinging farm sign for a farm in Cumbria. The customer asked for the sign design to include two specific breeds of Sheep, a Swaledale and a Rough Fell. We already have a Swaledale design, so I just needed to drawn the Rough Fell, which turned out to be pretty straightforward once I had found a couple of good images to base it on. I added the dry stone wall to add a bit of interest to the hanging sign, as they are a typical sight throughout Cumbria so it seemed appropriate and would complete the scene. The customer loved the idea, but asked could we replace our Swaledale with a Sheep based on her prize winning Tup. She sent over a great photo of him so was no problem at all, and the finished result is shown above. Really happy with it and I think it will look fantastic in its location – it will hang from a bracket like the one pictured above.
Photos of a bespoke swinging sign being painted by hand. The sign is for a pub called the Scroggy dog. When the customer contacted us, the main specification for the design is that it should include a damp looking Spaniel. I knew from experience that wet long haired dogs are difficult to draw as a silhouette because their hair is all over the place and it’s not that straightforward to pick out the actual shape of the dog! Fortunatley though, I had a photo of one of my parent’s Springers, Ozzy, that works pretty well. It was taken at the beach when he had just come out of the sea, looking very ‘scroggy’. We came up with loads of ideas as to what else to include in the image, such as a beer barrel, wellies, a fireplace etc, anything that you might find in a traditional country pub scene, but the idea that stood out for us was the dog on the bar top, with ale pumps and a traditional looking pint glass. We love the design, and are really happy with the choice of fonts too. The Italic one flows nicely and was actually very easy to hand paint, whereas the main lettering used was quite challenging because of the thin shadow lines; I had to take my time and be very accurate with it. Just waiting for this to dry now and then it can be sent out!
A bespoke, two layer sign laser cut from 3 mm steel. The design is based around Lily pads and flowers, with a Dragonfly central at the bottom. Both layers are powder coated black, and the detail highlighted by beign hand painted in white. We love this style of two layer sign, and are happy to re design to suit a number instead of a name. We’ve produced several varieties including Roses, vines with Swallows, and even leaf shapes that are entirely made up.
A bespoke swinging sign we produced for a Cattery recently. I love the style of this sign, in the way that the design is a part of the bracket, with the text plate hanging below. Though it added complications to the making process, having this as an oval rather than rectagular adds to the originality of the sign. I’ve used our distinctive fern designs to add further interest to the playful Cat design, as it reflects the business name perfectly. This sign is a great example of how a traditional style of metalwork can be combined with contemporary design to produce a really unique and outstanding bespoke business sign.
A sign we produced in the mad rush leading up to Christmas. Not the greatest photo I have ever taken, but at least gives a decent impression of how the design has turned out. The customer asked for a swinging sign with a design similar to our Owl & Moon weathervane. He sent a rough sketch illustrating what he was after, but felt the left side of the sign looked completely empty, and wanted me to come up with something decorative to fill this space and compliment the other side. Initially, I printed off the design as it was and doodled around it, as is often the techique for bespoke designs like this. Scanned back into the computer, I was able to add Oak leaves & acorns, and tweak any areas that still needed work. I think the silhouette of the Oak tree works particularly well here because of the night time impression of the Owl and crescent moon background, and the shooting star gives a hint of something magical.
Another bepsoke swinging sign we produced at the end of last year. The customer sent in the photo above, and asked us to design a sign to hang outside her Dutch style barn, pictured. Part of it was going to be turned into a pub so they wanted a suitable swinging sign that included a likeness of the barn. She had also asked for a background of fields, so I’ve used a bit of artistic licence and created a setting similar to that shown in the photo. I’ve tried to include the paving flags, a wooden fence at the side, and the decorative urn just near the barn. The background shows ploughed fields, rolling hills and trees, as this was how I imagined the area might look. The vine design around the top is loosely based on hop leaves and flowers; I thought this might be appropriate given the building will be used as a pub. We enjoyed the challenge of creating such a unique and personalised swinging sign!