These are our applied
finishes on our ceramic based sconces. Each finish takes many coats of
sealers, sizes, various metal leaf applications, glazes and finally more sealers. In most cases
seven to eight layers are required to achieve the desired finish. These
are all hand applied and not to be confused with commercial production
processes. For information on our glass sconces, click here.
We will mix a custom color, or blend one
to your specifications. In doing this, we like to apply a glaze of a
darker tone which we rub off to reveal a deeper texture than simply
spray painting allows. Call for strike-offs.
use composition gold leaf, with 23 karat gold as an option, at market
prices. The leaf is coated with a propriety translucent glaze that
gently darkens the leaf. This can range from a very light gold to a
warm, dark lustrous tone. Samples always available.
|Bronze with patina
||A pure bronze finish is buffed out to a lustrous sheen. A
light patina of gray/green is laid on and rubbed off to emphasize the
||Copper leaf is treated with a special acid wash which
results in a weathered appearance with random colors effects ranging from
copper to shades of red, gold and brown. A very natural and warm effect.
||Copper is treated with a special acid to induce a greater
aged effect with colors of green and green/blue overlaying some visible
copper. Again, this is a natural and somewhat random effect, one of the
virtues of the acid finish.
|Worn gold on black lacquer
||Here we applied gold leaf on top of a black
lacquer ground and carefully remove the leaf on the highpoints. This
lends a wonderfully rich character to the piece. No two will ever be
exactly the same. Various ground colors can also be used, black and red
being typical of Chinese gold leaf.
||The rusty iron finish is
similar to Core10 steel. It is an acid wash over pure iron which rusts
to a rich, warm orange-red with some natural random shading to dark
brown and black. It is a very spontaneous finish which will vary
slightly from piece to piece.
||The pewter finish can be varied from a dark, rustic
feeling to a bright brushed chrome effect. We control this effect by
using multiple glazing techniques. Feel free to request whatever degree,
from bright to dark, you want.
In this finish, small flakes of gold are
applied overall. This results in a finely textured surface of gold
facets, similar to a gold leaf finish, but with added interest.
Custom finishes are almost unlimited. We will provide a
primed surface, ready for you to finish in any way you want. You may
also request us to apply a spray enamel or lacquer to match a chip of
your choice. We also do interesting glaze effects on top of these finishes
where a shade of the required color is applied on top of the
finish coat and rubbed off while still wet, leaving a slight darkening
in the textured recesses of the sconce. Here is an example of a
Scallop sconce we did for a Disney hotel recently using this
metal finish is a combination of several metal leaves, including several
tones of gold, silver, copper and variegated, mixed with various
bronzing powders. Generally we offer either a predominate gold color or
a predominate silver. However, custom work in this area is always
possible. Silver and copper with an acid wash is most unusual.