Friday, 14 April 2017

I just found this from last Autumn, a group of seed pod sculptures in their natural habitat!!
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bronze components





Some forged bronze components during assembly I am working on at the moment. These will form part of a panel for an interior door



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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Obelisks!!






We recently made four monumental garden obelisks for a client in Hampshire. They are 2.4m high and made of solid steel, not tube, so took four people to move them into position. Looking forward to seeing them planted up! Here they are in the workshop before finishing.

Monumental obelisks


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Hand forged steel and copper interior gates




Earlier on in the year were asked to make 3 pairs of interior gates for french windows at a house in Chelsea that we have been supplying for many years. The primary purpose is to keep the dogs in but we think they look great too!
Steel and copper interior gate


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The gate is in hand forged and textured steel with individually made copper roses.




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The gates match the curtain poles, exterior balustrading, door furniture and lighting that co-ordinate as part of the design scheme of the house.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Art Nouveau Gates

We recently installed some gates for a mansion in the Cotswolds, lots of blackmsithing involved and an interesting distressed copper patina applied. They are inspired by the work of art nouveau blacksmith Emile Robert
Above shows the gates in the workshop before finishing,

and installed

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Monday, 15 August 2016

I have been working on an interesting commission for over 10 months, and it is just being completed.

The project involved a lot of co-ordinating metalwork in a large house in Chelsea.
This included 9 interior safety gates, 26 very elaborate curtain poles, many smaller items such as window and door handles, and a rose balustrade with a patinated bronze finish in the garden.
Rose balustrade detail
The garden itself has been beautifully designed and has a magical fairy tale quality about it..

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Next up I will be making some grape vine gates in the Art Nouveau style for a Cotswold mansion.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Colour at last?

Over the last 35 years due to an aversion to the ubiquitous black paint on decorative ironwork, I have experimented with a few finishes on forged metals. The most satisfactory to date had been my 'old lead' finish which combines excellent protection and a super matt, mottled grey appearance that I love.

Many examples can be seen at www.andrew-findlay.com. There are however situations where intense colour would be wholly appropriate, but I have struggled to find a sufficiently durable and lasting method of coloration. Until now.

I have discovered a method of applying vitreous enamel to stainless steel which opens up a whole new world of painterly effects. Enamel is essentially a layer of molten glass which has adhered to the metal. The glass is coloured by the addition of metal oxides. and fused to the metal by heat.

Below is a sample of enamelled copper.



Watch this space for further developments..