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Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Markey Brothers and their team create custom metal signage and decor using a unique 3D process to make high-quality pieces of art that will captivate your customers.


Take a look at what we can do for you:

 

COMMERCIAL SIGNS

 
 
 

72-inch Custom Sign
PepsiCo, Colorado

Our custom commercial signage is made with superior craftsmanship, enabling us to stand out from the competition and fabricate signs that last a lifetime. Commercial clients locally and nationwide come to us time and again for the quality of our signs and our attention to detail.

 

SMALL BUSINESS Signs

 
 
custom brushed aluminum with powder coated letters and standoffs
 
 

Entryway Sign
Real Health Studios

Are you a small business? No problem. We are able to match the style that many small businesses want to achieve for their space. With a completely custom process and an incredible range of colors of finishes, ShieldCo can provide the unique, artful sign you are looking for.

 
 

COMMISSIONED PIECES

 
 
 

Amsterdam Canal
Custom Commission

Special custom art and decoration pieces take time and care to develop. With each custom commission, we take the time to understand your specific design needs. Thanks to 2D and 3D modeling technology, we are able to confirm all of the individual aspects of your design prior to fabrication. 

 
 

Bring Your Sign to Life with Custom Lighting

Looking for a little something extra? Our internal and external custom lighting options add exceptional visual impact to any sign.


Internal Lighting

 
Lyft - backlit led custom aluminum sign
 
 

Lyft
Internal LED lights help bring your logo to life!
We offer custom LED lights that can be set to a range of different colors and cycles.

 
 

External Lighting

 
Individual Letters - externally lit - Oldetowne - powder coated aluminum sign
 
 

Oldetowne Landscape Architects
Softly focused external lights paired with individually cut letters draw the right kind of attention to this custom sign.

 

Commissioned Art Pieces

 
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We created this custom crab sign completely in stainless steel for a local business in Frederick, MD.
With the striking blue lighting, the sign's handcrafted beauty stands out even more at night!


Contact us today for a free quote

luke@shieldcoart.com

(240) 394-9893

 

ShieldCo - Your artistic sign shop


ShieldCo Sign Options


 

When you work with ShieldCo for your custom sign, the opportunities are endless.

Metals

For your custom sign, we are able to use aluminum (our company-wide favorite), steel, brass, copper, and coreten.

Colors

Do you have specific color requirements? No problem!

With ShieldCo, you can choose from hundreds of colors for your custom sign or decoration. We are happy to help you pick the colors that best match your logo.

 

Construction

We can create flat signs, or our favorite ones - 3D signs with multiple layers.

Through the hundreds (thousands??) of signs that we've created, we identified five main categories that most signs fall under. For more details on each sign type, scroll down to see our descriptions and photos below.

Option 1

Negative Cut-out ► 1 Layer

This option leaves a void where the lettering or logo would be, exposing the wall behind the sign.

We can use our typical french cleat on the back of the sign for easy installation, or we can use stainless steel standoffs if required.

If we add a framework to the back of the sign, we can also add custom lighting.

 
 
 Metal art, Metal Sign, Business Sign, Laser Cut, Custom Sign
 Metal art, Metal Sign, Business Sign, Laser Cut, Custom Sign,
 
 

Option 2

Negative Cut-out with Back Panel ► 2 layers

This is similar to Option #1, but with a back panel attached behind the negative cut-out panel. 

This adds depth and visual interest to the sign, and is the first true step into the "3D" realm.

As with all our signs, custom lighting is available for this sign.

 
 
 Metal Art, Metal Sign, Business Sign, Custom Sign, Custom Metal Sign
 Custom Business Sign, Business Sign, Metal Sign, Custom Metal Sign
 
 

Option 3

Our Signature Style

3D layered sign, with backer ► Multiple Layers

This sign features your logo and/or lettering, cut out separately and raised from the surface of a back panel with spacers, to give your logo unparalleled depth and texture.

This type of sign is our specialty and what separates us from other signage companies. Our attention to detail is paramount - we take the time to analyze your logo or design and understand how to transform it into a piece of art that brings the design to life. We are able to produce these signs to an extremely high standard due to our specialist machinery and detailed process.

Our customers love these signs because every part of the sign is attached to the backer, which makes the sign extremely easy to hang.
Installation can take as little as 10 minutes.

As with every sign, custom lighting is available to suit your needs.

 
 
 Custom Business Sign, Business Sign, Custom Metal Sign, Metal Sign
 Business Sign, Custom Metal Sign, Custom Metal Sign, Custom Business Sign
 
 

Option 4

Individual lettering ► 1 layeR (uSUALLY)

For this type of sign, we custom cut your logo into individual pieces that have threaded studs extending from the back of each piece. We provide you with a template to mount on your wall, that guides you where you need to drill each individual hole. Once the holes are drilled, you can install your sign with a foolproof method that ensures your logo looks excellent on your wall. 

This option is very popular when the wall color or texture is something you want to showcase in addition to the sign.

 
 Metal Sign, Business Sign, Custom Metal Business Sign, Custom Metal Sign
 Metal Signage, Custom Business Sign, Business Sign, Custom Metal Sign
 

Option 5

Individual lettering + 3d logo ► multiple layers

The best of both worlds!

Our individually cut letters look professional on your wall, and your logo adds a compelling artistic complement, made in our signature 3D multilayered style.

The lettering (or parts) would be individually mounted on the wall, with threaded studs and spacers that extend from the back of each part. The custom-made logo element would have a french cleat mounted on the back for easy hanging.

For the installation process, we provide you with a template to mount on your wall that guides you where to drill each individual hole. From there, you can install your sign with a foolproof method, ensuring that your logo looks excellent on your wall. 

 
 Custom Metal Sign, Business Sign, Custom Business Sign, Business Signage
 Custom Metal Sign, Business Sign, Custom Business Sign, Metal Sign

Custom Design

 

Each Shield starts with a custom design.  Just send us your logo or design and your desired size and we will create a 3D rendering of your project for your approval.  If you don’t have a logo or design yet, thats ok, we can help you design one.

Here is an example of a project for the University of Maryland that transformed into many different pieces with different finishes for different customers. 

 

 
 As with all of our custom signage pieces, the design begins in AutoCad.

As with all of our custom signage pieces, the design begins in AutoCad.

 The first pieces were designed for individual fans and sold in retail locations.

The first pieces were designed for individual fans and sold in retail locations.

 Then some were customized for customers who planned to give them as gifts.

Then some were customized for customers who planned to give them as gifts.

 One of our favorites was created with the University of Maryland ROTC program for an entry way piece at their new facilities.

One of our favorites was created with the University of Maryland ROTC program for an entry way piece at their new facilities.

 And we created an all stainless steel limited edition and donated it to the University to use in their silent auction.

And we created an all stainless steel limited edition and donated it to the University to use in their silent auction.

Custom Design

 

Customization is our thing.  How about a city map with your business location done in high detail using brass?  An overhead view of your childhood neighborhood?

 

 
 This is a custom piece designed with Central Park as inspiration.

This is a custom piece designed with Central Park as inspiration.

 Using only a simple map image as inspiration.

Using only a simple map image as inspiration.

 We created an all stainless steel, one of a kind piece of decor.

We created an all stainless steel, one of a kind piece of decor.

 That is perfect for your home or office.

That is perfect for your home or office.

And then we changed the design and created a custom fountain.

A Stunning Entryway Piece

 

Drawing their inspiration from a piece created by Peter Markey (Luke and Neil's father) and his brother Richard Markey over 20 years ago, Luke and Neil began creating unique 3D skylines.

  Our pieces can be customized - let us add your home or business to your city skyline!

 

 
 We started with Frederick, MD - our hometown.

We started with Frederick, MD - our hometown.

 Our customers asked us to create different sizes.

Our customers asked us to create different sizes.

 And then New York with its amazing architecture.

And then New York with its amazing architecture.

 And different finishes - Here is Frederick again in all copper.

And different finishes - Here is Frederick again in all copper.

 We would love to create your favorite city - with your home or business incorporated into the skyline.

We would love to create your favorite city - with your home or business incorporated into the skyline.

Recreations

 

ShieldCo can recreate your favorite piece of traditional art. 

 

 
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Henri Matisse - Blue Nude - 3D Metal Art
 But in a vibrant 3D format.

But in a vibrant 3D format.

 That is durable and will last for lifetimes.

That is durable and will last for lifetimes.

3D Metal Art - Henri Matisse - Layered Metal Art
Layered Metal Art - Henri Matisse - Two Dancers
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True Craftsmanship

 
  • Personalized Service: Work directly with us, the owners, Luke & Neil to make your custom design a piece of art. We are honest, responsive, and detail oriented.

  • Custom Sizing: Big enough for your main business sign or small enough for the perfect gift.

  • High Quality: High grade laser cut steel or aluminum, industrial powder coating, and hand assembled.

  • No Risk: 100% money back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied with your order.

  • Feel Good: Veteran owned, locally designed and produced. A portion of all profits are donated to The Pointe du Hoc Foundation, a 501(c)3 that supports US Army Rangers and their families.

  • Pricing starting as low as $300.

 

 
 All our pieces are custom designed.

All our pieces are custom designed.

 And hand assembled and packaged with care.

And hand assembled and packaged with care.

Call us Today

(240) 394-9893

luke@shieldcoart.com