Sign & Digital Graphics

November '12

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In the future, Grealy would like to offer 3-D signage for themed rooms. those would be too small to make a strong impact, he says. Instead, Grealy created one coin that measured to approximately two feet in diameter. Grealy then added the barnacles and starfish, and from there, the project took off. "This was one of those projects that started from a small idea, but it really grew creatively from that point," Grealy says. "I saw in my mind what I wanted to do after that." These signs were made for neigh- boring clients. The next step was to fabricate the ribboning on the top and bottom of the sign, and then the lettering was built. Grealy wanted to keep the entire sign at one-inch thickness, so he first created a negative offset release that would be around the letters, he says. This makes a sunken area around the letters that accommodates for the one-inch thick- ness while also giving off a 3-D look. "It's kind of a trick on the eye," Grealy says. "Then, I did the letters in gold leaf on both of the ribbons, which did make them pop more. It's amazing the differ- ence between painting it gold and using gold leaf. As soon as you add the gold leaf, it just jumps at you right away." Once the lettering was completed, Grealy carved the captain's wheel using a CNC router made by a local engineer, he says. The octopus also was cut to its gen- eral shape by the CNC router, but Grealy then hand-sculpted it using tin foil and 82 • November 2012 • SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL

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