Sandblasted sign re-do! #1: A very unusual restoration!

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Blog entry by pashley posted 03-12-2011 02:45 AM 4268 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So here’s the setup:

Call from some friends – can you help us out? What’s the project? Take this sign:

“We no longer live on a mountain (“peak”), but still love the sign. Can you erase the “A” in Peak, and make it an “E” instead”?

“Sure” i replied.

How to do it? Make a copy of an existing “E” and replicate it in a plaster type material. Here’s the casting material I used. Basically, it’s a two part putty that cures to a fairly hard rubber mold.

Take equal parts of putty, and mix it thoroughly, quickly apply to a good E; it’s nice I had one right next to the letter to erase, since there would be continuity of the background

Applying it to the good letter:

Wait 30 minutes, gently peel off. No residue, and didn’t pick up any wood:

Here’s the mold. Looks perfect:

The porcelain/bisque material is called Permastone. Basically, it’s a powder, and you add enough water to make a thick cream. Set’s in about 30 minutes.

Poured into the mold:

NEXT: Removing the old “A” and fitting in the new “E”

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 02:27 PM

This is so cool! I always loved playing with “Silly Putty” and this reminds me of that. So- how did you attach the new E to the sign?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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