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January 2019

Visit to United States Capitol

2019-01-27T15:42:03-07:00January 27th, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

Capitol Visitor Center Frame, Bronze Coated by Atlas Signs and Plaques (formerly Metal Facades)   First go to the Capitol Visitor Center What a great morning experience. Parking in D.C. is definitely an issue, but we lucked out and and scored a meter only 5 blocks from the United States Capitol Visitors Center which is located on the North Side of the Capitol.   Crowds Waiting for Closer Look at Bronze Frames   This trip was both a visit to the Capitol and photo mission. A few months ago, Atlas Signs and Plaques (formerly Metal Facades) applied LuminOre® Real Bronze to the 17 x 23 foot frames located at the Pass and Information desks at each end of the main hall. Although the frames appear to bronze foundry castings, they are really HDU foam coated with cold-spray bronze. Much lighter and far less expensive! A great [...]

Sweet Heart Tree Carving, Without Actually Carving

2019-01-29T12:18:45-07:00January 25th, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

SWEET HEART TREE   The two of you in love, a promise carved forever into a tree, what could be better? The ultimate in romance was to carve a heart in a tree, add the date, carve  your initials and those of your sweetheart, and pierce it with Cupid's Arrow! Truly a forever event that will be there for eternity, or so our young minds thought. Carved heart Blog Ah! but there are a couple of small problems in our new age of awareness. The reason to carve is obvious, but the reasons not to carve include such STD sounding diseases such as Aspen Cankers, and Beech Bark Disease. Additionally, your artwork leaves a place for insects to enter and opens the soft portions of the tree to ravaging animals. To make it worse, state and federal agencies really frown on defacing and destroying public trees. [...]

United States Capitol Visitor Center – Days 11-14

2019-01-25T16:02:58-07:00January 25th, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

Clear Coating the Outer Frame & Begin Inner Frame Packing in Process Day 11: January 26, 2009. Clear coating day for the outer foam frame. The final step prior to packing and shipping. Each of the 24 pieces of the outer frame for the US Capitol Visitor Center display is carried to a rolling cart, placed on a special set of jigs that our crew constructed from four by four lumber, and rolled to the spray booth area. The super-premium clear-coat is mixed and poured into the spray gun. Then, two coats applied to each piece, and cart moved to the drying area for curing. Although a practiced hand, and quality equipment are necessary to apply the top coat, this is a relatively easy step that does not require grueling hand-work . Best of all, it means that the piece is done and, after curing, ready to crate [...]

Bald Cypress Nature Center, Trap Pond State Park, Laurel Delaware

2019-01-29T12:20:26-07:00January 25th, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

BaldCypress Nature Center   Atlas Signs and Plaques was very pleased to receive the commission to develop a sign for the new Nature Center at the State of Delaware's Trap Pond State Park, located in Laurel Delaware. About 7 feet wide by 3 feet tall. We recently mailed our staff photographer to Delaware to see the completed sign, and report back with photos and information. But the beauty of the swamp and the remaining Bald Cypress Trees made it difficult to get him to return. A first class ticket and the promise of a free meal did the trick. Bald Cypress Nature Center Trap Pond State Park was one of Delaware's first state parks and dates from 1951. The pond was originally developed in the late 1700s to power a saw mill to cut the Bald Cypress Trees. Times have changed and the area is now [...]

A “Mini Me” For Any Sign Or Plaque

2019-01-29T12:22:10-07:00January 25th, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

  Snow Capped Mountains - Copper Verdi   Wow! “Chuck” (as we have named our CNC Router) has been working overtime with new designs now being offered at Atlas Signs and Plaques. We are really excited to share the new Minis that coordinate with some of the larger “Nature” themed plaques. Customers are ordering these unique designs for their cabins, lake homes, studios, country houses and mountain retreats. Mini Snow Capped Mountains Sign Here is a picture of the Mountain Address Number Sign and the coordinating Please Remove Shoes Mini Plaque. “Please Remove Shoes” could be replaced with “Please Remove Boots” for country living in Montana, Utah, Nevada, Arizona or Iowa. Mini Bear Cub Remove Shoes - Bronze Verdi   This cute Bear Cub will make a great addition to your Camp, Cottage, Private Retreat, Getaway, or Country home, reminding guests to remove their [...]

House Numbers, Address Signs, Let’s Size It Up!

2019-01-29T12:23:48-07:00January 25th, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

Grado Gradoo Numbers ONLY! - Copper   When considering your home’s facade and its house numbers or address plaque take a step back, way back, to the road back, and determine the proper size and placement. Often times I see address numbers that are too small to read from the road, or that are placed in a spot that is not easily read. (Like stenciled onto the front steps) Size and visibility does matter so when choosing your house numbers make sure that it is readable from the road, placed in an obvious location like on the front and rear of the house, and on a garage if there’s an adjacent alley. Neutraface Numbers Angled Raised Stainless Steel   In cities like Minneapolis and Chicago, they are now setting ordinances with the hopes of creating more consistency and visibility throughout neighborhoods. That would also aid police, [...]

Seventh Wedding Anniversary Equals A Copper Gift From Altas Signs & Plaques

2019-01-29T12:39:46-07:00January 23rd, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

Copper is the 7th Wedding Anniversary Gift (9th Anniversary in the U.K.) In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self. William Penn English, Leader Quotes more famous quotes What could be better than remembering the day…And having the traditional Copper Wedding Anniversary Gift? Family Name Wedding Plaque   How about a plaque with a phrase from a favorite poem? Or a plaque memorializing that special day? Carved Heart Valentine Anniversary Plaque Copper is perhaps the most familiar of all the metals in common use. Known to some of the oldest civilizations on record, it has a history of use that dates back 10,000 years. Found on the periodic table close to silver and gold, it has many similar characteristics to these precious metals. [...]

How Good Are Your Signs And Plaques In the Winter

2019-01-27T15:52:21-07:00January 21st, 2019|Atlas Posts (All), How we do it|

Calypso Address Numbers in Pewter - March 29, 2009, Lake Mills WI USA   Atlas Signs and Plaques are Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the suitability of LuminOre® and HDU for exterior applications. According to the LuminOre® manufacturer specs, the process has undergone ASTM testing equivalent to 30 years weatherization. Our experience with the product has been fantastic, both with client projects we have completed over the past years, and with our own informal testing in Wisconsin and Colorado. As an example, we sprayed a design on a piece of limestone and left it to the Wisconsin elements for four seasons of hot, wet, dry, and cold. The coated limestone has been left to fend for itself and has undergone countless freeze-thaw cycles. It has been left on the wet earth, rained on, baked, and left under salt-laden snow for months. We are amazed, but never surprised, when [...]

Copper Plaque For U.S. Coast Guard Academy

2019-01-27T15:47:58-07:00January 21st, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

Atlas Signs and Plaques Completes a 5-Foot Diameter Copper Plaque for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy   “The United States Coast Guard Academy is committed to strengthening the nation’s future by educating, training and developing leaders of character who are ethically, intellectually, professionally, and physically prepared to serve their country and humanity, and who are strong in their resolve to build on the long military and maritime heritage and proud accomplishments of the United States Coast Guard.” — United States Coast Guard Academy, Mission Statement Combining HDU sign board, CNC routing, hand carving, and LuminOre® copper, a five foot diameter plaque is created! Looking at it, one would think that it weighs hundreds of pounds and costs many thousands of dollars. But, one would be incorrect on both counts. The plaque is two inches thick, giving a real sense of mass, and scales in at under 60 pounds. [...]

What Is The Difference Between Copper, Bronze, And Brass For Plaques

2019-01-27T15:57:44-07:00January 21st, 2019|Atlas Posts (All)|

Copper, Bronze and Brass Signs and Plaques   All that glitters is not gold Shakespeare Proverbs more famous quotes It’s All About the Alloy Swirls On the Vertical Address Plaque - Copper Copper is the primary metal that makes up the alloys of bronze and brass. Copper itself is soft and easily hammered to shape. As we all know, copper in its fresh state has a pinkish coloration that surface corrodes quite rapidly showing blue, green, and/or brown oxidation. At Atlas Signs and Plaques, we induce this beautiful corrosion, which we call patina, to give our copper signs and plaques a bit (or a lot) of age and take away that “new penny” look. Copper was one of the earliest metals utilized and may have been used as early as 10,000 years ago in hammered tools and adornments. Not long after the art of extracting and [...]

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