Sheepdog Farm Sign

Sheepdog Farm SignWe sent out this house name and number plate yesterday to a customer we met at an agriculture show in Derbyshire at the end of last summer. They loved our ‘Black Fox Metalcraft’ swinging sign, and wanted a similar design wall mounted featuring a Border Collie. It’s based on our logo and is similar in style to a swinging farm sign we produced recently.

We exhibited at our first show of the year on Sunday – a farmers market and craft fair in Littleborough. We were outside with the farmers rather than inside with the craft stalls, and in about the most exposed location possible. The rain and show was horizontal and we had no sides on our gazebo. Unsurprisingly there weren’t too many people about, so was not the most successful show we’ve ever done!

Alsatian Weathervanes & House Signs

German Shepherd House Number SignGerman Shepherd WeathervaneThis was originally a bespoke design ordered at the Capesthorne Hall craft fair just before Christmas. With our house number signs, we normally weld the numbers on from the back, but on this occasion the customer asked for them to be  hand painted on much larger, as her driveway was quite long and she wanted people to be able to read the number from the road. The design shows the distinctive silhouette of an Alsatian, or German Shepherd stood in a patch of ferns. We can produce a bespoke design like this based on any breed of dog for a weathervane or house sign, please contact us for more information. We also think this design would make a fantastic ‘Beware of the Dog’ Sign.

Tall Ship House Number Plate

Tall Ship House Number PlateHere’s our latest house number plate design – based on The Lord Nelson Tall Ship. It’s a bespoke design that is now available in our online shop.  I’m in the process of painting red and green outlines around the numbers to represent Port and Starboard. We love this design and are really looking forward to delivering it to our customers on Wednesday! It’s quite a tall image and think it would look fantastic on a weathervane.

Golden Eagle House Number Plate

Eagle House Number PlateThis bespoke house number plate was ordered from a craft fair in Bolton last month. The design is based on a Golden Eagle in flight. We’ve welded it to a steel plate for extra security, and the customer has painted it to to match the wall so its barely noticeable. The eagle silhouette and number stands out beautifully – thanks for this one! Our bespoke house number plates are becoming really popular and we’ve got a few more designs to upload to the shop later in the week.

Bespoke House Number Plates

Digger House Number PlateWe’ve had some unusual orders for bespoke house name and number plates such as this Digger – based on a JCB 3CX. I’ll be hand painting it in the distinctive JCB yellow tomorrow..

Such a busy day in the workshop today. A batch of laser cut designs arrived first thing and we’re trying to get everything made this week so I can concentrate on painting next week, and get everything out in time for Christmas. Will post some photos tomorrow of everything we have made!

Bespoke Metalwork Designs

The workshop is very cold today! We have had a few enquiries in over the weekend, so we can thankfully hide is the warmth of the showroom doing design work.  I am also working on a bespoke business sign ordered at one of the recent shows – I’ve spent quite a lot of time on this so really looking forward to seeing it finished.  And then there’s a couple of our most popular designs ready to be posted out – a ‘Gun Dogs’ house number plate and some ‘Cat and Bird’ Key hooks.  We’re exhibiting at a Floral Art show in Cheshire on Thursday night, and then a craft fair at Arley Hall over the weekend so plenty to get on with in preparation for these as well.

We’ve sent some new designs to be laser cut too – especially looking forward to seeing our new vintage motorbike design!

Custom Metalwork Gallery

Sheep and Collie Farm SignLabrador House Number Sign
































Labrador House Numebr PlateHeres a few photos sent into the Black Fox Metalcraft gallery this week, thanks so much for these it’s fantastic to see them! I’ll be developing our full gallery section on the website in the next few weeks so we can display our weathervanes, house name plates and other custom metalwork insitu.

Hand Painted House Name Plates

Dachshund House Name PlateLaser Cut Motorbike House Sign

Our range of hand painted house name signs has started to really take off. These two were ordered from the Eskdale and Wasdale Head Shows, and are now packaged up and ready to be sent out. The Triumph and the Dachshund are both laser cut from 2mm steel, and we plasma cut the name plates ourselves in the Black Fox workshop. The hand painting is quite time consuming but I really enjoy it so don’t mind at all. Phiz is currently working on the design for a Velocette house name plate, looking great so far. We can produce house name plate designs based on any motorbike, or any breed of dog – please contact us with your ideas!

Art Nouveau House Name Plate

Art Nouveau House Number PlateBespoke House Name Sign DesignBespoke  Art Nouveau House Name PlaqueWe were at a car show last month and a couple asked if we could produce our art nouveau house number sign as a rectangle to fit their house name in. Their house name was replaced by a number several years ago when more houses were built on the street, and it is 100 years old this year so they wanted something to commemorate that.

So I re did the art nouveau design for them to fit around a rectangle, offering several different ways of displaying the ‘1912’ where the flower was on the circular design. This house name plaque is made up of two layers of 3mm  mild steel welded together. The back being just a rectangular plate, and the front is the laser cut design.  It is electroplated to prevent rusting, and then powder coated matt black, with the detail and house name being hand painted in cream to finish it.

We had an email from the customer this morning saying that the sign had arrived and how pleased they are with it.  Its really nice to go from an idea and through the whole design process to come out with a beautiful product that the customer is really happy with!

This unique house name plate is now available in our online shop, and can be cut with either the flower, or with a date in its place.  We can also alter the size to accommodate a longer name.

Bespoke Hand Painted House Name Plate

Hand Painted MetalworkBespoke Hand Painted House Name PlateBespoke Hand Painted House Name PlateThis afternoon I’ve been hand painting this bespoke house name plate. Its made from two layers of 3mm steel welded together.  After being electroplated and powder coated, the detail and house name are then hand painted in cream.  Will take another coat of paint to finish it tomorrow, when I will put the design in our online shop.  We think it would make a perfect house warming gift!

We actually took this order at one of the car shows we exhibited at – we were asked if it would be possible to produce our art nouveau house number sign as a rectangle so a house name could be fitted in rather than just numbers.  So I altered the design a bit, and I think it works perfectly in this shape.  We have already had an enquiry about re producing it in stainless steel.