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NotTheSignShop Maker Studio | Middlesex, Vermont

We are Not. Not The Sign Shop.

We are a Vermont-based Maker studio pursuing novel applications of technologies and materials, exploring connections between traditionally separate domains and ways of working, and building the unconventional in an improvisational style.

Happily at the intersection of CUSTOM DESIGN, NON-TRADITIONAL SIGNMAKING, and the EXPERIMENTAL, we partner with our clients to help the space around them convey who they are quickly, effectively, and with lasting results.

NotTheSignShop is a loose collaboration among several artists. To grant the artistic freedom and ability-to-experiment that anonymity provides, regular members receive an artist tag. Currently on the site are the works of Unruly-e, Pooks, and Fluffy.

Our IRL shop is on a dirt road just north of Tangletown, in Middlesex, Vermont and open by appointment.

Our smaller items (read: "shippable-sized stuff") are offered for sale in our Etsy Storefront. This is the place to find things like our famous Well Water Signs, cut-t…

Maker's Make: Sign vinyl onto Canvas for bag rehoming

We love canvas tool bags for small parts. You know, the ones that Klein makes for electricians.

On the plus side - they're durable as all-get-out (read: you can get them used and score a great deal) and breathable as weather changes (read: tools stored in them don't need a desiccant packet to stave off rust). Pretty much everything we look for in a good bag.

The down side - used bags often come with sharpie-crafted owner's marks or other text, and canvas is annoyingly absorbent (read: the sharpie writing is darn tough to cover up).

Being good scientists (as is required of a modern maker), we thought we'd launch an experiment in how to best renew the bags we recently rehomed to the shop.

To be fair, we've been toying with this issue off-and-on for some time. We've tried paint pens and Bish's Tear Mender as cover-ups with marginal long-term results. Today, we launched into latex exterior house paint. It makes a great cover-up when applied thickly with minimal brushing and is liquid-resistant when dried (read: it can take a dose of Rapid Tac for extra vinyl-to-substrate adhesion).

Here we've painted over prior owner marks (they dyed the untreated bag to cover dirtiness), applied Rapid Tac to to the painted surface, and burnished the new sign-vinyl-based label into place.

So far, so good. The paint is flexible enough to conform to the canvas and the vinyl is flexible enough to stay with the movement of the paint. Now on to the durability test!