A bespoke sign we produced recently for a thatched cottage in Hampshire. The design is based on the cottage itself, and is mounted to a wall at the entrance to a long driveway. It’s a beautiful property so enjoyed the challenge of doing the design work. What I’ve learnt about drawing thatched roofs is that even if in a photo the roof line looks straight, it’s nowhere near as straight as the line a computer will produce, so I always make sure anything with thatch is drawn by hand or it really loses it’s character. The bespoke laser cut design also features a well, which sits in the garden of the cottage; lovely that the sign is so unique and personalised to our customer’s specification. They also chose the font I’ve used; as standard we hand paint text in ‘times new roman’, but always happy to do something different when it’s asked of us.
We designed and produced this beautiful bespoke house sign at the end of last year. The design features our customer’s rust coloured Border Collie lying in side profile, and the top of the oval sign is framed with an ornate Rose and Ivy design. Initially we discussed with the customer having her house name around the top of the sign and the number at the bottom, but with it being quite a long name the letters ended up tiny in order to fit, so we decided against it. The ornate Rose design came about because the dog’s name is Rosie. We think this makes the sign such a unique and personalised piece rather than just having the name, and a piece of wall art in it’s own right as well as being a functional house number sign.
The house sign is cut using a nitrogen shrouded laser in 3 mm steel, and the finish is a layer of zinc electroplate followed by a traditional looking but very hard wearing black powder coat. The customer specified an RAL code to paint Rosie the Collie which closely matches the colour of her coat, this was mixed and painted by hand in outdoor paint.
This photo shows a bespoke sign we’ve produced recently. The customer had been inspired by our popular Climbing Roses sign ( below), and wanted something similar based around Ivy and Dragonflies. These signs are cut in 3 mm steel, and consist of a backplate powdercoated black, and an ornate, laser cut front plate. This is also powder coated black, but the detail is painted by hand in cream so it stands out beautifully against the background. Producing bespoke designs in this style is quite challenging, as there is such a defined space that everything must fit into, and as a result re designs do take a while. But we’ve produced a fair few different versions of this now, and I think they’re popular because they are such a unique product – both functional and a piece of art in it’s own right. The customer who commissioned this bespoke sign also purchased a pair of brackets to compliment it (pictured above). This style of sign would make a wonderful house warming gift for anyone who loves quirky and unique design, as they can be re designed and personalised to suit the recipient’s taste and interests.
Our witch weathervane, pictured above, has been really popular for a couple of years. We’ve created several variations on it including swapping the cat for a dog or even a rabbit, adding in a cauldron and changing the angle of the broom. So I wasn’t suprised when we had an enquiry asking if we could put four witches on the broomstick rather that one. When he first suggested the idea, I could not imagine how we’d make it work in terms of the balance point, never mind it looking good as well. Thankfully he’d given us plenty of time so we were able to go away and think about it for a week or so…
The majority of our weathervanes are balanced by an arrow cut in 8mm steel, and on our standard witch, the cat acts as this counterbalance to the profile. Here, we have cut the 4th witch in thicker steel instead, with a cauldron to seperate her from her sisters.
Below shows the finished result (which both we and the customer LOVE), plus how we got to the end result. It was actually loads of fun. We decided that rather than trying for hours to draw what I wanted from my imagination, it would be much quicker if I posed in the stance I wanted and drew around the silhouette. So a tuesday morning of dressing up a little bit witchy and posing on a bar stool in our kitchen and we had all the research needed for the design! I’ve added a few warts and bigger noses to the ladies, plus made the hats more pointy than mine, and they look like they are having a great time. The significance of the design is that it was as a gift for a lady who is one of four sisters, a great idea to celebrate a special birthday.
Our laser cut Ducks house sign insitu. The customer asked for a family of Mallards as the design for a hand painted house name sign, and I added a small patch of reeds and bits of grass to complete the scene. When I sent the initial design over, the only change they asked for was to add the distinctive curled tail feathers to the male, which was no problem. It looks great, thanks for sending this in!
A stunning candelabra we forged from an old reclaimed garden fork! The wooden handle had snapped off the fork, and the prongs were incredibly rusty so had been retired from the purpose it was originally intended. I’ve bent out the prongs in 4 different directions so it stands very stable, and I’ve curved the ends around forming the start of a decorative scroll. The texture was quite pitted due to the amount of rust and dirt covering the tool; some of this has smoothed out through being hammered at a yellow heat, but we didn’t want to lose all of it as we felt it added character to the Candelabra, and reminded you of it’s original use. The finish is just natural beeswax, applied when the piece was at a black heat.
A unique house sign designed to reflect your personality and interests!Our customer has two Dachshunds; a mother and puppy, and she loves reading and Butterflies. Seemed like quite a challenge to combine these individual things into a design that makes some sort of sense, but really pleased with what we’ve come up with together. Having the books at different angles allowed us to emphasize the white of the pages, and picking out bits of detail on the spines of the books gives them loads more character. There are two butterflies separate from the main design which the customer can fix to her wall wherever suits it best. The great thing about laser cut designs is they are done on a computer, so we can send initial sketches over to the customer, so they can have some input at the early design stage, and work towards the final idea together. The most difficult part of this sign was in working out the text; I wanted it to fit in with the slight curve of the books’ spines, really challenging to warp the text at just the right angle so that it looks realistic, but I think it’s this attention to detail that makes this sign special. We think a bespoke sign like this would make a fantastic house warming gift!