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Sign writers, decorative painters, engravers and etchers

Sign writers, decorative painters, engravers and etchers decorate articles made of wood, metal, textiles, glass, ceramics and other materials. They plan, lay out and paint letters, figures, monograms and designs to make signs and engrave and etch ornamental and floral designs on glass and other articles.

Job Definition

(a) painting decorative free-hand designs on objects, such as pottery, glass, (cigarette) cases, lampshades
(b) transferring from paper decorative or ornamental designs on articles
(c) integrating and developing visual elements, such as line, space, mass, colour, and perspective, in order to produce desired effects such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods
(d) laying out and painting in one or more languages letters, figures, monograms and designs to make signs
(e) sketching or tracing design or lettering onto work piece or pattern material to prepare pattern or stencil
(f) designing pattern or lettering to paint work pieces, such as signs, glassware, pottery, or zinc plates
(g) using software and routing equipment to produce 3D carved images for application onto larger signage as well as engraved and inlaid signs
(h) designing and producing normal flat cut lettering, lettering that is shadowed or lettering that is ready cut for application
(i) writing, painting, or printing signs or show cards used for display or other purposes
(j) cutting out letters and signs for display purposes from wallboard or cardboard, by hand or machines, such as electrically powered jigsaw or bandsaw
(k) examining sketches, diagrams, samples, blueprints, or photographs to decide how designs are to be etched, cut, or engraved onto work pieces
(l) measuring and computing dimensions of lettering, designs, or patterns to be engraved
(m) engraving and printing patterns, ornamental designs, etchings, trademarks, figures or lettering onto flat or curved surfaces of a wide variety of metal, glass, plastic, or ceramic items
(n) etching decorative designs, calibration markings and other figures on glass articles

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