Sign & Digital Graphics

November '12

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A compass was made from a piece .063 white aluminum, formed to be hollow on the back, with one eye bolt secured in the middle and kept just loose enough to swivel. The most important step out on the job was getting the orientation of the design right, so it faced exactly the right direction. I drew the first circle twice before I was sure it was right (which is hard to see close-up). Using the string compass I made, three con- centric circles were drawn in Stabilo pencil to form the border and outside shape of the logo. A pattern was used for the stylized "b" in the center of the logo and pounced in blue chalk powder. The pattern made for the company name was accurately placed and then pounced in chalk as well. I also traced over this image with pencil to make sure it could survive a summer shower. else painted on the tank would be painted with a regular house painter's trim brush, of good quality but nothing out of the ordinary. All the elements (one large circle, one circular border, and a large letter) were so simple that I could paint them faster with trim brushes a house painter might use. The paint used was bulletin enamel made by Ronan. The main blue color was a 50/50 mix of brilliant blue and light blue ("light blue" is actually a bit darker than Exxon blue), and the border and company name would be painted with black bulletin enamel. Before going out to the job site, two things had to be done. First, an image was made on the computer with some notes and measurements of how the graphics would be placed on the tank. And sec- ondly, I needed to make a compass for drawing the circles. I have made compasses like this before, but would have spent more time 24 • November 2012 • SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS trying to find them than just making a new one. A piece of white .063 aluminum was cut in a square around 8" x 8", and formed slightly on a sheet metal brake to make it a bit hollow on the back. An eyebolt was placed through a hole drilled in the exact middle. The eyebolt was secured with a couple of nylock nuts, holding the eyebolt tight enough so it would not wobble, but just loose enough to allow it to swivel freely. Now it was time to head out to the MASTER'S TOUCH

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