The Lorenz Grand (and Stardust Ballroom) is a home theatre in SC. Here is a step by step look at the creation of a Gold leaf and Mahogany sign for the lobby
First rough designs were drawn (no. 2 pencil and paper)
Getting closer to a design
After the drawing is done, a full scale pattern is made.
The sign blank, stained and varnished
The finished pattern is perforated.
A pattern is made for the scrolls
The perforated pattern is pounced onto the sign. (Powdered French Chalk in a bag is rubbed over the pattern to transfer the design)
The transfered pattern
Gold size is painted on.
The gold leaf will adhere to the gold size
All of the gold leaf areas are painted
The gold size has to reach the right degree of dryness before the gold leaf is applied
23kt Gold leaf is applied to the gold size
The sign with gold leaf
Gold leaf is engine turned
A clear varnish covers the gold to protect from scratching
The sign ready for outlining and shading
Black outlines and maroon shading and lettering finish the sign