Turning Plastic Into Gold

Turning Plastic Into Gold

TM Signs and Graphics would like to share an interesting custom project we recently completed. The request came from John Tweed who is a pastor for Valley Bible Fellowship. Valley Bible recently purchased a 40 acre property that includes a full “cowboy town” as Tweed calls it. The property is used as a retreat for the church and is located deep in the mountains between Tehachapi and Lake Isabella (about an hour east of Bakersfield). They already have a jail, saloon and some other buildings. They needed custom signs made for windows that were going to be installed into the General Store. He was looking for the best sign company in Bakersfield, so naturally, he connected with TM!

John Deleersnyder , TM’s lead designer, pointed out that using gold leaf would be expensive and difficult to use. So he set to work in finding a solution that would look great and be cost effective. We secured a gold cast vinyl that looked the most like real gold. Then John started setting up the graphic files used to create the delicate cuts needed to reproduce the text and pinstriping. Here’s a small look at what these files look like before we go to print.

Turning Plastic Into Gold

That was the easier part of the job.

The various elements were significantly delicate. Extreme care was needed to ensure that they were both placed safely into the correct location on the glass, and protected from migrating to the wrong position while completing the rest of the sign.

Here’s a quick video showing the detail required to make the signs.

“Creating and inlaying the embellishments was a particular challenge, but extremely rewarding. The client was looking for a solution that would allow the gold tone to be seen from both sides of the glass to mimic traditional hand-painted gold filigree of the era, and yet also be visible in low contrast and high distance situations, John said. “I worked with the client to find a material that best suited the application, and included the outlines to increase contrast and visibility. It took a lot of effort, but the results speak for themselves!”

The results were fantastic. The client called the results “Perfect!”

Turning Plastic Into Gold

This was a great opportunity to help a new client with a fun and challenging custom sign project.  If you are looking for attention to detail and the best customer service in Kern County, reach out to us here at TM Signs and Graphics. The team is always ready to help you look your best, achieve your goals, and BE VISIBLE.

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