A little work with the hand die grinder made the Toad Stool Elixer sign ready to begin the sculpting – or so I thought. When I did my last post here the spellcheck let me know I had made a mistake and spelled ‘ELIXER’ incorrectly. It should instead be spelled ‘ELIXIR’ There was only one thing to do and that was to fix it.

Thankfully, with a program like EnRoute this mistake wasn’t a big deal. First I broke out the power plane and sander. In a few minutes I had removed the ribbon panel and made the sign flat once more.

Then I designed a new panel in EnRoute and had the MultiCam whip up some new pieces. These were glued into place and once again we were ready for my favourite part – hand sculpting.

The figure on the sign was to be double sided – just like the sign. It took me about three hours to sculpt the two figures. They aren’t identical, but no worries for you can only see one side at a time.  :)

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The sign is now ready to head off the the painting department and get the real magic. Stay tuned…

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Dan Sawatzky

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force in the sign industry. He and his wife Janis are owners of Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation – a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional theme signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous international awards and Dan’s articles appear frequently in the sign trade publications. Dan and his crew also host Sign Magic and Sculpting Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world. For more information please visit www.imaginationcorporation.com

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