Laser Cut Lillies Sign

Photo of laser cut Lillies signA 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.

Bespoke Motorbike Weathervane

Weathervane IMageWe love this photo sent in by a customer! Partly because it’s a great photo but also because the design is so funny & unusual; was certainly a challenge designing it. Our customer had asked for a weathervane featuring a vintage Sunbeam motorcycle, and wanted the scene to show a windy day. We tried a few ideas, none of which I was entirely happy with, so we ended up adding the comedy element of the rider struggling to stay on his bike. We’ve put a lot of work into the detail of this design; for example we have tried to keep the rider’s clothing in keeping with the age of the bike, ie a flat cap, scarf and boots rather than modern safety gear and helmet. It’s great to be able to personalise a weathervane down to details like this as you end up with something truly unique.

Check out our current range of motorcycle weathervanes on the link below; we are always happy to work out bespoke designs at no extra cost. https://www.blackfoxmetalcraft.co.uk/motorcycles

Vintage motorbike on a windy day

weathervane photoOne of the more unusual weathervane designs we’ve done! The customer wanted us to create a weathervane based on a vintage Sunbeam motorcycle being ridden on a windy day. Initially we tried ideas such as trees blowing  & a signpost bending in the wind, and even a cartoon cloud physically blowing towards the motorcyclist. In the end though, we felt that that all of this took away from this very cool vintage motorbike, so decided to keep the bike and rider alone. Having the rider hunched down trying to avoid the worst of the weather didn’t seem to get the point across very clearly, so decided to add a bit of a comedy element to the design. The customer loved it so this is what we’ve gone for!

Bespoke Swinging Sign Owl and Oak design

Owl swinging sign imageA 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.

Bespoke Hanging Sign

Bespoke Sign PhotoA customer recently sent us a photo of their Oast house, and asked for a bespoke hanging sign design to be based on the building. Initially they had wanted a ‘front on’ view, but due to some large trees in the way, it was not possible to get a photo from this angle. I tried to draw the property from this angle using my imagination & details I could see, but in the end felt this corner view would be far more effective, which the customer agreed with. The decorative design around the top of the sign is based on Hop leaves and flowers, hinting at the building’s history, and we’ve laser cut two boxing hares from the plate to match a metal profile that sits on the cowl, but was to small to be cut as part of the house itself – a really personalised touch. It’s the second Oast House hanging sign we’ve produced, the first being quite a bit larger than this but with the cowls removed from the two conical roofs. It’s being electroplated today, & am looking forward to painting the text & getting it finished next week.

Hand Forged Boot Scraper

Boot Scraper close up Bot scraper photoLast week we designed and forged this boot scraper from 12 mm round bar. It’s long legs are designed to go at least a foot into the ground, therefore keeping it sturdy when in use. Each leg is welded to a piece of flat bar with a sharpened top edge. It was a little difficult making the two legs match, but pretty happy with how this has turned out. Not at all bad for something I drew in chalk on the workshop floor! This piece could easily be personalised; the central flat bar could be laser cut with any bespoke design as long as it’s still strong enough to be used, and any name or word could be punched into the metal when hot.

Bespoke House Sign

House Sign PhotoLove this house sign photo just sent in by a customer. It was a bespoke design we did at the end of 2016, based on a Saluki dog. He wanted an action shot rather than a standard side profile, so we came up with this design showing the dog running with two front legs in the air, expressing some of the character of this sighthound breed. I was a little concerned about the dog only having two contact points with the rest of the sign, but we cut in 3 mm steel and it’s got a decent amount of strength to it, so will be fine especially as it’s mounted flat against a wall. The hand painted house name plate looks great against the stone wall, and I’m sure will look even better over summer when the climbing plant is in full bloom.

Very Large Weathervane for a Mansion or Barn

extra large weathervane parrots weathervaneRecently we’ve had quite a bit of demand for weathervanes larger than our standard large size of 30″ -  designed to go on a standard size of two storey house. We’ve occasionally made the odd larger one in the past for mansions or large farm buildings, but the past few weeks have seen loads, so are going to add an ‘extra large’ size to the website as a standard option.

With this particular weathervane design; the Parrots (Hyacinth Macaws to be precise) were sketched by the customer, who asked us to make the design function as a weathervane, and join the two birds with some distinctive Black Fox foliage. In terms of making the weathervane function, the only things I had to do were swap the two birds around, as originally the bird with it’s wings spread was on the side with the arrow, meaning that there would not have been enough surface area at the back for the weathervane to spin into the wind. I also needed to make a minor alteration to the eyes so they would be possible to cut. In terms of finishing the design itself, I printed the Parrot drawings and just doodled around them until I had something I felt would work. I then scanned this into the computer and traced over it using our design software.

This weathervane sail measures approx 130 cm across, with the sitting bird being just over 80 cm tall, so almost life size. We got the photo of me holding it to give a sense of the scale, it weighs a ton too! It’s just under the maximum size our courier will deliver; anything larger than this and the shipping costs would get ridiculous.

Pixie Weathervanes

Pixie Weathervane image Pixie weathervane photo pixie wind vaneA few years ago we were asked to produce a Pixie weathervane, based on a customer’s business logo ‘The Potted Pixie’. Its the middle image shown above, a fantastic photo sent in later by the customer.  Its been on our blog since then, but not the online shop as it’s not our design to sell, so we re did the design in a different style – see the black & white image above. At the end of last year, a customer had seen the original Pixie online, and wanted one just like it, as they felt that our new Pixie was a bit too whymsical for their taste. Bit of a dilema as it wouldn’t be fair to sell them what is pretty much someone else’s business logo, but difficult to re design as they had already seen the one they wanted! So anyway, after quite a bit of discussion & designs going back and forth on the email, we settled on the weathervane in the top image; the customer has just sent in this great photo, another nice one to add to the gallery. We’ve used a tail on it because the Pixie is so skinny, he wouldn’t have enough surface area to catch the wind.

Personalised Hand Forged Poker

Poker ImagesThis week we’ve designed and made this hand forged poker from 12mm square bar. The customer’s initials are laser cut into an oval shaped handle; a great way of adding a personalised touch to a functional piece. The sharp, contemporary laser cut design contrasts, yet blends well with the traditional forged twist and drawn out end, and the black beeswax finish helps bring the two styles together. Will look great next to any log burner or fireplace and would make a fantastic personalised gift! Any design as long as it’s not too conmplex could be laser cut into the handle, whether that be a logo, an image, or letters as shown here. It is cut from 5 mm thick steel giving it a really chunky look and feel.