Vintage JEWELRY Sign

March 14th, 2011 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Painted, crackled, lettered and distressed.

A sign reminiscent of Americas past.

The signs I copied were located in the area of the racetrack where you placed your bet. The arrow pointed towards the transaction window. 

The original signs read “$5...$10...$20...etc. PLACE BET HERE”. The dollar amount was in the spot where the Indian decal is located.

Another design requirement was a crackle finish. The lettering is all hand painted.

Here’s a 1950’s decal I purchased at a flea market…get this…40 years ago! I vividly remember buying it…cRaZy! And I saved it all these years…crazier!

After the sign was painted the decal was applied and slightly distressed. I had never tried this before and was amazed at how well it adhered to the paint.
I have saved every one of my sketches over the last 35 years!
Anyway, here’s the original drawing from 1989. Although the graphics on the jewelry sign are my own the shape is identical to the signs in New York.

Dumpster wood repurposed.
1950s, New England, roadside gift shop?

Painted, crackled, lettered and distressed.

Painted, crackled, lettered and distressed.

Photo: Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2011)

I was commissioned to create a sign for a jewelry designer friend. The components used in her creations are all flea market finds that she describes as “Junky Americana “. Her design criteria for the sign was…“Make it reminiscent of something I would have seen in a 1950’s roadside gift shop that sold travel pennants, postcards and trinkets“.
So I went way back for inspiration. Back to a sketch I did in 1989 while roaming around New York City. I stumbled upon this amazing vintage/antique home store and hanging from the beams were five incredible signs from an old horse racetrack. They were the coolest signs I had EVER seen with amazing colors and graphics. They were also $1,800. for the set. So I asked the sales person for a piece of paper and a pencil so I could write down some information. She hands me a scrap of paper and a green crayon...thanks! All I really wanted to do is sketch the signs so I could someday replicate them. Although I never did recreate the signs, the shape became the inspiration for this project.
I’m rambling on a little here so let’s just get to the sign.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2011)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, wood, artwork, white, farm, green, red, historical, paint, jim healy, junk architect, sign, indian, 50s, decal

Comments (19)

AtticusFinch writes: I could see that sign and the dealer has "pawn shop" turquoise. At least that's what I think the vintage turquoise is called that the indians sold when they needed money for supplies and such...

Love the graphic and the detail on the decal.

Shape of the sign is perfect for so many other graphic: Room for rent, Hotel, Wine Cellar...

Fabulous work.
Sheri Posted: 7:14 pm on August 2nd
CynthiaVidal writes: Great sign ... from one artist to another. Posted: 9:07 am on March 30th
chippingcharm writes: Awesome how this all came together!!! Laurel Posted: 6:38 pm on March 17th
KMcG73 writes: Wowzers - awesomely awesome signage! Posted: 1:17 pm on March 16th
LittleRedHen writes: Another giggle, Jim! I am always an admirer of your sketches and I am smiling with the thought of you sketching with a color crayon, you still make it work! The crayon color is perfect! You once again have inspired me, if there is a sign I want, I'm gonna make it (after I consult you). Your client must completely delighted! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!


Posted: 6:56 am on March 16th
suewhitney writes: Way to go Jimbo!! It says 1950's roadside gift shop to me.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 5:06 am on March 16th
MakinItHappen writes: Gorgeous! I LOVE IT!!! Posted: 8:58 pm on March 15th
ILikeItVintage writes: Awesome sign! Posted: 3:52 pm on March 15th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Jim, I'm always in awe of your projects, but what get me the most are those authentic like finishes. I attempted a new sign and when comparing to yours, let's just say I need to start over. :) Sure would love info on how you achieve that somehow someway someday... HINT. :)

This sign rocks!

Donna Posted: 9:52 am on March 15th
shamrockerin writes: wow! I want to comission one of these just to put in my house! Posted: 8:47 am on March 15th
birdcolor writes: Sooooo very cool! Awesome job! Posted: 12:31 pm on March 14th
RustyDiva writes: AWESOME! Love the Indian decal - what a purchase!!! Posted: 11:58 am on March 14th
SnowmanHill writes: ANOTHER great sign, another happy customer, I'm sure. I love everything about it. Boy, do we need to do something with our signs after seeing this, LOL.

dana Posted: 11:21 am on March 14th
ninnarae writes: Fabulous project! You did SUCH a great job on this! Posted: 9:39 am on March 14th
LisaLoria writes: AWESOME! Your work is so good start to finish. I also have sketches, watercolors, mural drafts, proposals, designs, etc. in a portfolio that I have had for 25 years. You never know when it is going to all come together. Just Beautiful Jim, I am sure your client is Thrilled!
Lisa Posted: 8:57 am on March 14th
alicemom writes: Jim,
I just love each of your creations. BUT the best past is you can FIND your inspirations. Another great one!
smiles, alice Posted: 8:12 am on March 14th
CottageElements writes: Wow! I should commission you to make a sign for me. This is incredible! And I can't believe you purchased that indian 40 years ago and still had it, or could find it. I have lots of stuff, just don't know where it all is. You have amazing talent. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Lani Posted: 7:59 am on March 14th
byabpryor writes: WOW...That is an amazing piece and a great story... you really could write a book about your adventures!!! Posted: 5:49 am on March 14th
JunkSituation writes: GREAT colors and graphics. As a graphic design major, I appreciate what I KNOW is a lot of time you put into this project. Very nice! Posted: 5:32 am on March 14th
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