Polished Metal Finishes

"... Verdigris; where engineering becomes art ..."

Polished bronze steel copper bowl Deeply polished bronze door handles Polished stainless steel and bronze dragon sculpture

Polishing metalwork is a very time consuming process, especially with harder metals such as stainless steel. However the results can more than justify this time. It starts by grinding away any unwanted hammer marks or texture with progressively finer and finer abrasives. After this, the metal is is buffed using cotton polishing mops and highly refined compounds called buffing "soap". This tends to smooth out the metal's surface rather than grinding it away. Finally, to bring out the rich character and colour of the metal, it is polished with jeweller's rouge.

With some work, we often like to leave the hammer marks but just remove any small scratches before giving the metal its final polish. The finish is a "polished-smoothed out-forged look". It's rather difficult to describe but the copper centre piece in the bowl above nicely shows this. Polished and contasting metals feature in much of our portfolio.