Ryan brought me an old sign he had acquired that was made of white opalescent glass with two lines of textured red lettering: CHOCOLATES above and CARAMELS below.
I met with Ryan's cabinetmaker, Chris, and we talked over the best approach for making the final project look as if it had always existed. The project required a balance between the span of space we had to fill and the existing size of the existing window panel. It was decided that while the height of the sign would remain as it was, I would have to add glass to the width of the existing panel.
I had to search now for the best possible glass matches so the new sign looked original. I sent pictures and descriptions to my glass importer, Bendheim, and then moved on to the design phase.
Old signs were crafted by hand and eye and when I began carefully analyzing the lettering I found that many letters were a little higher or a little lower than others. Not only that, but the distance between letters was somewhat idiosyncratic! This meant I would have to recreate those discrepancies in the new window. No computer lettering allowed!