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The Prodigal Sign came back to us for restoration with its paint starting to peel and its gold all spent. John originally built this sign back in the late '80's. In the years since, it's color has changed back and forth from red to blue as other sign professionals - most recently, the venerable local sign painter Rey Giese - have had their way with it. And while we didn't throw a feast, we celebrated having John's sign back by giving it the full Art Works restoration treatment.
John started by stripping it down to bare wood and repairing cracks and holes. Then we had new text blasted in. After that, John sanded and primed multiple times before applying the final coat of "Episcopal Red" as approved by church officials.
We used 23.75 Kt. gold leaf for the gilding and the close-up shows how bright it is. (It's a funny optical illusion that the "St." letters look like they're raised in their close-up, when in fact they are recessed.) We gilded matching borders on two different panels listing different hours of services for the new sign, as well as on the hanging sign below which has text & borders on both sides.
Installation took just over an hour, and we have two very happy church ladies. Pam Thistle, church secretary is on the left, and Suzanne Weiss on the right (with Luna) is the volunteer with whom we've been working.
The late singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg famously asked, "Are you under the power of gold?" We have to admit that, when it comes to signs, we are. And here's why. The left photo was taken in the morning right after we installed the sign. The gold is already glowing with just indirect light. The photo on the right was taken in the late afternoon in full sun and is positively electric. All that gold "glitters and shines" and is definitely eye-catching!
Ear worm? You're welcome!