Pub sign step by step – part two

The Toad Stool Elixer sign basic vectors were done in Photoshop but we were not done yet. I still needed to add the mushroom shape, the letter outlines and also design the bracket for the sign. I like the bracket to be a part of the sign from the start rather than just a last minute add on.

I imported the sign vectors into EnRoute and then sized it appropriately. Then I could get to work on the bracket. With all of the overlapping lines it looks a little jumbled at this point but the bracket design would be like this.  I wanted the sign support to be fashioned out of 1″ pipe and bend around the sign. This would be intercepted by a piece of 4″ heavy pipe which would ‘cut’ into the sign face. I’d weld a steel ball at the end to cap the pipe. We’d then use the MultiCam CNC plasma cutter to whip up the decorative steel. All this would be welded to a piece of 1/4″ plate to fasten to the wall.

The plate on the wall was a simple combination of shapes which were then combined.

I used the jigsaw tool to trim the pipes and then fined the drawing making it ready to begin building the reliefs. That will begin with the next post.

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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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