The Forge is a cool new space located in an amazing building that used to be The Smith Bros. Hardware building in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We created these awesome rusty signs for them!
These signs were laser cut by Flood Heliarc an awesome fabrication shop in Groveport, OH we have do jobs that are too large or for our laser, or that need more power than we have. We then took the raw steel and roughed then cleaned and de-greased the surface before applying our Japanese Brown Patina from Sculpt Nouveau.
They have lots of videos on Youtube on how to use their products and their shipping was super fast, which is huge for us because everything is always last minute. The product basically adds years of rust to the metal in hours. Its super easy to use, you really can’t mess it up. We just laid the pieces flat and sprayed them with the product. We let it pool naturally and re-applied a few times after a few hours to get a nice deep red rust.
After that we sprayed the piece with an air hose and clear coated it with flat clear. Very simple and pretty fool-proof. We didn’t even touch the rust once we had what we wanted.
We mounted the frosted acrylic pieces (just sanded the backside with an orbital sander). The fluorescent lights behind add the bright effect to the signs, that was perfect.