This little video takes you through the process of making a fully three-dimensional sculpted crab, from laminating the substrate all the way through to photographing the finished sign.
Most of the steps are pretty self-explanatory, which is why the video has no speaking, but in case you do want to know a little more of the nitty-gritty of the process involved, here it is:
Our sign-panels are made of SignFoam 3, laminated to foam PVC, and the crab was no exception. First, we sanded the PVC thoroughly, to make sure the adhesive would stick well.
After applying the tape, the edges had to be trimmed. If you forget this step, the extra tape will stick itself everywhere! This shot has a title overlay, but hopefully you didn’t get too distracted.
Speaking of titles, I drew them up very quickly with a sharpie pen. With the help of Photoshop, I reversed the colour and removed the background to make a handcrafted title, suitable for a slightly industrial ‘maker video’.
Next, we peeled off the paper.
…and carefully stuck the two materials together.
This little crank on top adjusts the width between the two rollers, on our pinch-roller.
Here, we’re pinching the laminated panel together. Sorry if this confused you. This was actually the first pass through the roller. That’s why there are only two layers, not three. So, technically, this shot should have come earlier in the piece. Oh well, it looked nice where it was.
Now, the panel is all laminated. Nancy is laying carbon paper down, so she can trace the shape of the artwork onto the panel.
Cutting out the crab, on the bandsaw.
This took a while.
To save time with the hammer and gouge, we used a hand-held router to hog away some of the SignFoam on the thinner areas of the sign, such as the crab’s legs.
Drawing a few lines on, for sculpting.
The sculpting was all done by hand, both with and without the use of a rubber mallet.
After all the gouge work was finished, the crab needed to be sanded.
Nearly finished now!
In this shot, the author carries the crab to the painting table.
Nancy applies a generous coat of primer.
Followed by a dark undercoat
…and then a lighter one.
And finally, the artist acrylics.
Screwing in the stainless steel hanging hardware
Joe takes a photo of the finished crab.
And, of course, every good video has to end with a sunset. Here’s one behind our shop.
And that’s it!
(Note: This video was made about a month ago. In the meantime we’ve done another one, called Making a Handcrafted Sign. At some stage, I’ll do a blog post about that one too, but until then, you can watch it on on YouTube, our videos page, or a french design blog called Aether Concept)