Some serious bling!

Normally the welded steel armatures we build for our sculptures don’t get any treatment. Most of the the frames never see the light of day and are hidden inside our sculptures behind a thick layer of sculpted concrete. The pieces going to Dubai are going into a water park environment and the client asked the they be galvanized to ensure they don’t rust.

Today the galvanizer phoned to tell us they have some out of the zinc vat and were ready for pickup. Instead of the usual are steel frame the armatures were all bright and shiny silver. We took the pieces back to the shop and then lightly sandblasted the areas of the feature that will remain exposed. This included the blades of the sword and axes as well as the lift points. The purpose of the sandblasting was to give the surfaces a bit of tooth to allow our paint and glazes to better adhere over the long haul.

Now we’ll tie on the usual galvanized lath but instead of our usual black tie wire we’ll use specially sourced galvanized wire. Next week we should be ready to begin the sculpting process at last!

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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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