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Post Thu May 22, 2003 3:06 pm

Kupa Kupa

Pronounced cooper cooper so I'm told, is Indonesian for butterly and this place will be selling that ethnic arts and crafts stuff (that my wife likes so all the money I made will probanly go back there :cry: ) its in Sleaford which is about 15 mile from Boston, went up this morning between rain showers not too bad as the owner makes a decent cuppa :)
all Medite painted, only vinyl is the bit on the right hand side and the opening times on the door, the letters are all cut out by hand on a powered fret saw and then the edges are rounded with a hand router with a 6mm rounding over bit. Oh and being a Blue Peter kid the butterfly's antennae are made of pipe cleaner painted gold, see mum I did learn something looking at the TV for hours I now make my living with sticky back plastic although I'm a grown up I can use scissors on my own unsupervised
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Post Thu May 22, 2003 3:50 pm

Lovely work Steve just one question with such a beautiful butterfly in the centre why did you repeat a mono one on the left.

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Post Thu May 22, 2003 5:15 pm

Neil, thanks, without something on the left to balance the text on the right it would have looked odd and also I didn't want anything to out do the main text either and I brought in another complimentary colour as the shop and in fact the rest of the buildings in the area are all a cream colour, it needed something to subtly lift it from all that magnolia.
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Post Thu May 22, 2003 6:18 pm

brilliant Steve! :D - I love it!

That butterfly is so...so...so gorgeous! I understand why you used the icon on the left to balance the text and it does help - no question. I looked at it for a moment or two and thought 'I really like the way that 'peach' section wraps under and along the lower edge of the lighter panel - it's kinda like there's more than one thing going on, almost like 'a sign within a sign'.

very very nice indeed - one for the portfolio!

more soon

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Post Thu May 22, 2003 6:32 pm

Thanks for the explanation it all makes sence now

still learning......Neil........
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Post Thu May 22, 2003 6:46 pm

Excellent craftsmanship Steve. Was the butterfly hand painted from scratch or did you use a stencil or plotted trace? I ask this 'cos I can't draw a stick-man never mind your butterfly - living in hope!

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Post Thu May 22, 2003 9:41 pm

Great work Steve, mind you I have come to expect it of you now. That butterfly looks almost real. How long did it take you to manufacture the butterfly and text.
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Post Thu May 22, 2003 11:53 pm

Excellent, so simple but so right!

Is Medite another name for Foamex? If so what do you paint it with?
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Post Fri May 23, 2003 8:56 am

(Tommy Cooper voice) Fang U very much, just like that huh huh :lol:,
Martin C, Medite is a manufacturer of MDF and I use their exterior grade not to be confused with the Changing Rooms favourite stuff, right those doubting thomas's out there, Paul Rafferty uses this stuff almost exclusively and has some left unpainted outside his workshop and it has been there for the past 8 years, other than it being mucky and a bit green it shows no serious weathering, no blowing splitting or anything, if you paint it properly with good quality paint it will last. Its available in different thickness's, in this sign the background is 9mm and the lettering 18mm.

The other Martin, it took me a morning to cut, rout and sand the letters and butterfly, then had the first coat of primer/undercoat drying when I left at 6pm.

Steve, err :lol: butterfly was Corel clipart and painted using a vinyl stencil except the purple colour as its a pearl colour which I sprayed onto lilac vinyl, if we ever get the sun back it should look nice.
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Post Fri May 23, 2003 9:14 am

Steve,

Is there a national UK stockist of exterior mdf?

have tried a few places and either got blank looks or "nah mate, no such thing" :roll:

Phil
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Post Fri May 23, 2003 9:48 am

Here try this http://www.weyerhaeuser-europe.com/engl ... set_a.html follow the contact us button for the UK offices, I buy mine from my local Jackson Building centre, they stock it for me specially, expect to pay around £25 for an 8x4 of 9mm and £35 for 18mm plus vat
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Post Fri May 23, 2003 9:56 am

Cheers Steve,

Will give them a call.

Don't think I've heard of Jacksons in these parts.

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Post Fri May 23, 2003 10:09 am

Ah right err i thought they were a national company but it seems they're only East Midlands, Lincs, Notts, Derbys, Leics etc. sorry mate, try the trade building places not your DIY sheds or try a specialist wood yard.
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Post Fri May 23, 2003 10:13 am

excellent work mate, as always... the butterfly finishes it off brill...

thanks for sharing :wink:
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Post Fri May 23, 2003 10:50 am

suppliers

william edens http://www.edens.co.uk

silvermans http://www.silverman.co.uk
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Post Wed May 28, 2003 8:40 pm

kupa kupa

great stull lad! your grtting good at this :lol: what did you use to cover up
the screws with ? eddie
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Post Thu May 29, 2003 7:24 am

By gum its the elusive Irish pimpernel, how are you mate, wassa matter won't the missus let you on the internet again, :lol: normal screw caps, the ones with the collar that the screw goes through with a little cap attached that snaps on to cover the screw head, I painted them the same colours as the background so they blended in.
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Post Sat May 31, 2003 2:01 am

Try James Lathamhttp://www.lathamtimber.co.uk for Medite
Their website is a bit gimmicky and poor so phone them 020 8806 3333
Branches at Bristol, London, Leicester, Eastleigh and York

Oh! Make sure it is Exterior because they do a moisture resistant

It also comes in 3050mm x 1220mm size

John

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