The clients had a pretty specific ask: a light-up marquee sign, in their custom font, fabricated from brushed aluminum.
These photos were taken on my cellphone as I worked, so they might be a little rough. Having an expensive camera in a workshop isn't always the best idea.
I drew the letters onto plywood and then cut them out on a bandsaw. Then I drilled holed for the light sockets and painted them white.
The alumnimum is flashing, the kind of used in roofing. I bent it up around the letters by hand, then glued and stapled it to the edge of the letter.
The light string is like christmas lights, but purchased as a long cord with the sockets not yet attacked. You install each socket where you need it, then bring the wire along, and clip it onto the sockets.