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P.H.Zang Brewing Co – Step by Step

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This Victorian reverse glass sign was made for a local pub in my town. It was designed from an original trade card that Rick Glawson bought from an advertising show in Los Angeles.

Rick made this sign for his front shop counter in Wilmington, California. He mainly used it for display, but it was also designed for customers to pay for there supplies by placing there coins and notes directly on to the glass.

His Brother kindly sent it to me after Rick passed away in 2003. I showed it to a local pub owner who asked me if I could make one for him to hang above the optics behind his bar.

These pages show how I went about making the glass sign and also trying to figure out the techniques that Rick had used. Since making the panel back in 2004, I have discovered another way of successfully achieving a matt finish for the buildings and letters which at that time worked, but was not precise to the finish I required.

Please note white acid etching was not used for this technique on this sign.

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  1. Aarron Roberts

    Most excellent work. Thank you for posting your step by step!

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