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Thank you for taking the time to look at my plaque work. I've been sculpting specifically for the plaque industry for about a decade now. I've worked with many of the major architectural signage foundries in the U.S. as well as their many dealers across the country. I am particularly capable of capturing likeness on bas relief portraits. I've sculpted portraits of famous people, private families, pets, and poeple of note from various institutions. My pricing is fair and my lead times are very reasonable, about 2 weeks. Rush services are available.

In addition to portraits, I can produce scenery, animals, buildings, lettering and custom borders and patterns. I have sculpted government and military seals of various sizes. I have taken flat relief patterns and created sculpted versions from them. My carpentry skills make various kinds of custom patterns also available. I make molds and resin patterns for all of my pieces so that if damage occurs anywhere along the way after approval, I can quickly and inexpensively re-produce the same pattern within a few days.

I would love to provide you with sculpted imagery for your plaques. Please contact me to discuss your next project, (801) 477-4188.

Blackberry Lane

This is a good example of how I can help develop a concept with sketches first. Then, build the entire pattern for the foundry. These patterns can include custom borders, background textures, custom depth requirements, clean graphics as seen on the top right. This is a design I made and had a company produce the same type of polymer the foundries use. I made a mdf (wood) bacjer and reverse border with protrusions for bosses and studs. I then applied clay to the background to create a custom texture. I can apply custom sculpted or flat graphics to any of these design. On this particular project I used sculpey clay. I really don't like it, but for the purpose of baking it hard and then applying it to the background, it did the job. The hardness offers good stiffness in the sand mold, so I wouldn't have to make an initial mold to cast a rigid resin.

I ended up making a polyurethane mold and making a wax copy to produce it through a lost wax foundry in the end, because the sand cast foundry I first used to cast it in aluminum couldn't get the aluminum to cast without alot of pitting and gas bubbling getting to the surface of the plaque. However, in the future I would probably just have this cast in a sand cast foundry for cost and time concerns. I was eventiually able to get the damaged, pitted aluminum plaque welded and repaired. Again, more time and cost.

These are all the images of both the aluminum and bronze plaques. Depending on the light, it's hard to tell which is which. The bronze was finished with a silver nitrate patina recipe and then hand-painted on the leaves and berries. I really enjoyed seeing the project through from start to finish.