Making a sign

Making a sign

Engraving tool for making signs

Sign-making machine at Dew Signs in Black Earth, Wisconsin

Sign reading: Lucy's Attic, Antiques and Collectables"

Making a sign

Finished sign reading "2328 Atwood Ave #1 Parking Only"

Display of various signs at Dew Signs in Black Earth, Wisconsin

Sign being spray-painted, reading "Rosemarie Olson"

Sign reading "805 Hemmenway Pl"

Dew Signs with David Vondra
Black Earth, WI

Anna | MacKenzie | Zoe

Something that surprised me was one of the ways to make signs. You have the design on the signs, and then you peel back the paper and instead put on a huge piece of masking tape that covers the whole thing. Then you put the tape onto a piece of metal and push the tape down, then remove the tape and you have a sign! I can't believe it's that simple.--Anna

The sign painter makes signs usually for businesses. But he'll do anything from name pins to awards and plaques. He has been making signs for over thirty years. He has done mostly engraving over the years because before he started his business he had some experience engraving.

He started his own business in 1988 and bought the building in 1989. But he didn't buy the building, the city did. He makes signs for people mostly in a 50-mile range. They made signs for the DNR once, and they put them at the entrance of a lot of state parks. --MacKenzie

To make street signs, you cut out the pattern on the material, then lay it onto a huge roll of masking tape. It will stick. Then you make sure it's straight on the metal and lay it down. The adhesive is stronger than on the tape, so it will stick to the metal; then you smooth it down. It's a good idea to heat up the metal before you use it.--Zoë


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