Once the wrench was out of the clamps I gave it the once over with my air powered die grinder. I purposely added in a few dings and dents. We all use our wrenches for a hammer if we are stuck under a car and need a little force in a hurry. It’s much quicker than climbing out and getting the proper tool. Then I used Coastal Enterprises heavy bodied primer and a small brush to add a little more texture to the piece.
The two coats of silver paint made it look pretty good… but I wasn’t quite done yet. The wrench needed a little grime and dirt in the cracks and crevices to make it look like the rest of the tools in my toolbox.
The end result is a quick dimensional sign done in less than four hours from start to finish including machine time. I think it’s a sign every gear head would love to hang in their shop and be the envy of all their friends. At least that’s my hope…

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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

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