What are your store hours?

Please call to set up an appointment.  Store hours vary.

Can I send you a picture of a person, animal or object to be cut out of metal?

If you have a quality photo of something you want to be included in your sign, like a person, animal or object, I can reproduce that as shown in many of my examples in the web site gallery. Below is a picture that was sent to me.  The request was to cut out the mountain in the picture, include the words shown and would be hung over a driveway. 

Picture sent:   Layout produced for approval:
 


How big or how small can the signs be?

Size is limited when it gets too small. Large is normally not a problem. Signs up to 42 feet have been manufactured by Torchcraft™. 
 

42 Foot Entrance Sign   Large and small Texas A&M rifle target
 

How long do the signs last?

All signs are cut from new metal, sand blasted and powder coated. Special care is taken during the manufacturing process to prevent any rust from forming on the metal. Signs will last indefinitely provided they are properly cared for by keeping them painted. If you live in high humidity areas or in coastal regions, it is best to have the sign sand blasted and powder coated for maximum durability. I can also provide instruction for best way to install for maximum longevity of your sign.

How thick is the metal?

Metal is 1/8" to 3/16" thick normally. Most outdoor signs are made form 3/16". However, if the design allows, 1/8" thickness may be used if weight is a factor. Thicker gauges can be specified, such as 1/4 up to 1/2".

 

How can I get started and place an order?

When a customer has an idea for a sign, they may contact me by email or phone to convey their idea.  A rough sketch drawn out on paper and emailed is pretty helpful.  Details like size of sign, how it will install (hang, bolt on, weld on etc…) and finish of metal are details that I will need to know.  From there, I can provide a rough layout with a price.   We can change anything about the sign until you’re happy with the sign and price. Once the design work is complete, I will email an invoice where you can make payment online or a check can be mailed. Once payment is made, production will begin on your sign. 

How and when do I make payment?

Custom orders do need to be prepaid before production begins.  I accept credit card / bank transfers via online invoicing or you may call to have your payment processed. You may also mail a check.

How are the signs painted?

For maximum durability we offer sand blasting and powder coating.
 

How are the signs delivered?

Signs are shipped UPS / FedEx or common freight carrier if size is a factor.
 

How is price determined?

Price is determined by the size, thickness of metal and the amount of detail and characters included in the sign design.
 

Do you sale or give out patterns or templates?

Patterns and templates are not for sale. If you pay a deposit and receive your layout, refunds are not given, if you decide to not complete the order.
 

How are the signs made?

There are no employees! Your sign is personally made by me from start to finish. If you choose to have your metal sign powder coated, then I will have a professional company who I know and have used many times before, sand blast and powder coat your sign.  
 

How are the signs installed?

Signs are made to install in pretty much any configuration that will make installation easy for you to install yourself. Brackets can be made to fit over your pipe gate that bolt on, tabs to weld to your structure, chain links welded on for your hanging needs or holes drilled for wall mounting.  Normally, I do not install signs.

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Metal Thickness Compairson

Torchcraft cuts most outdoor signs from 3/16-inch (7 gauge) new plate steel.  Indoor signs may be cut from 1/8-inch steel.  It's easy to see from the photo the difference in thickness of Torchcraft steel vs the "other guys".  Most other artist cut from a flimsy 14 gauge steel such as the one pictured above that I picked up from a local art show.  When you think about your metal sign, do you want one as thick as a paper clip or as thick as 4 dimes? Thats an 109% difference.

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