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Maybe you’ve been to some painting exhibits and museums. You’ve seen all those nice artworks done on canvas and mounted in wooded frames and glass casings. Maybe you haven’t observed or realized that very rarely have you seen, if at all, any artworks made of metal. However, there are plenty of ways that metal can be turned into artwork. One way of bringing out the creative potential of metals is through custom metal signs.
Custom metal signs are becoming popular fast among enthusiasts looking for alternative works of art. There are numerous metal sign art shops if you or anyone you know is looking for someone to customize any of their signs. Here are some good reasons you should add custom metal signs to your wall art.
1. They Are Easy To Mount
One of the awesome advantages of custom metal signs is that they’re easy to mount despite their rigid material. The thing about custom metal signs is that they feel almost as light as canvas paintings (with their wooden and glass frames) but you won’t have to be afraid of them breaking when they fall—because they’re made of metal. But they’re not as heavy as sculpture pieces made of marble or some other stone, which you won’t be able to hang on your walls.
Most of the custom metal art you’ve probably seen around is word art, letters cut in a custom way and cut as a whole, or put together to form words. But custom metal art doesn’t have to be just words. It may also be made of shapes, figures, scenes, or anything else you can think of that can be cut from metal. The point is that you can hang it on a nail like any other artwork. You don’t even have to use power tools to mount them. It would be very easy to add them to any of your hanging art pieces.
2. They Are Very Durable
Unlike most other wall art pieces, custom metal signs aren’t easily damaged. They’re very durable. Art pieces made of other materials could break once you drop them or if they fall from walls. Even if you don’t drop them, canvas painting can be easily torn. Wood could be chipped or broken if they hit something hard.
Metals last for a very long time. It would take another metal to scratch them. They’re not easily scratched by wood, plastics, cartons, or other less sturdy materials. This means you can sell them at craft fairs and art shows at high resale values. When used for custom metal signs, sign makers make sure that their metal signs would be able to withstand the elements and last for quite a long time. What they do is add coatings to the metal surfaces to protect the metal and make them even more resistant.
- Steel signs are very strong but they usually have to add something or treat the metal to make sure they won’t easily corrode when exposed to water or other liquids.
- Aluminum signs are better than steel because they won’t corrode. They’re usually resistant to rust, and they’re much lighter than steel.
3. You Can Light Them Up
Another nice feature of custom metal signs is that you can easily light them up without having to worry that they might wax or melt. Other materials react differently when you expose them to light or heat. Oil on canvas might melt or wax if you expose it to candles or bulbs for an extended amount of time at very high temperatures. You can place the lights inside or at the back of the custom metal art to give them a glowing effect.
4. They Are Easy To Bring Around
Custom metal signs are quite easy to bring around. They’re not as heavy as marble or stone sculptures, though they might look as sturdy. Canvas paintings with wooden frames usually have things poking out of them such as hooks and nails. These protrusions can sometimes be a concern when storing paintings. Some of them could press against the painting they’re made to lean on.
The advantage of metal is that they’re flat. You can easily put them on the ground or make them lean against the wall or another painting. It won’t be a problem because they’re not going to leave pressure or weight marks when it’s time to take them away. When you’re about to move houses, you won’t have to worry about custom metal because they’re very durable and won’t be easily scratched.
Metal And Art
In the past, metals weren’t associated with art as much as oil, canvas, watercolor, and paper were. Metals were more closely associated with swords, staff, axes, knives, and other weapons. Metals were thus associated with destruction rather than creativity. In recent times, though, metals are recognized as an art medium with their widespread popularity in custom metal artworks.