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Commisioned For Major Outdoor Sculpture

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Swedish Metal has been commissioned to produce custom-ordered lawn sculptures. These sculptures are an expression of the designs developed by artists and craftsmen with the company, and as an expression of the customer’s imagination. Swedish Metal provides bespoke metalwork for commercial and private customers, and will also produce products based on a client’s plans. As an online source for plans, materials, and bespoke construction, Swedish Metal offers a full inventory for everything from sculptures to railings and stairs. These sculptures that are under construction are designed to act as expressive elements in the client’s garden that is well maintained by a lawn care company. Drawbacks of Sculptures Lawn and garden sculptures often have a host of drawbacks. At Swedish Metal, we take care to make sure that lawn care companies can maneuver their equipment around the sculptures easily. This is crucial because you don’t want to have to pay more for lawn care simply because of extended hours needed to avoid accidents on your property. Also, the metalwork should be properly balanced. This is often a challenge, especially when considering various designs that are intended to be asymmetrical. An off-balance sculpture must be anchored properly, preferably with counter-balances that will keep it steady in a wind storm. The designers must also consider the possibility of foreign objects settling on the sculpture. The weight of a single bird may not affect the integrity of the sculpture, but an entire flock of birds might. There is also the problem of potential damage caused by children or even adults who see the sculpture as some sort of playground equipment. In municipal applications, these considerations have to be part of the overall design. However for sculptures on your lawn, this may not be as much of a concern. However, it is always best to prepare for the worst. Bases for Sculptures The base of the sculpture is of crucial concern as far as lawn maintenance goes. A flat pad as a great solution, but may require a lot of reinforcement to keep the sculpture sturdy. This makes it easier to mow the lawn and keep the area looking nice. A pillar is also a good solution for the base, as it allows the maintenance company to use a weed-eater around the base to keep grass at bay. Perhaps the most difficult maintenance is on the sculpture that seems to rise, unsupported, from the soil. This will have any number of metal supports that will challenge the lawn equipment, forcing the use of several feet of trimmer line for edging purposes. Irrigation Another feature to consider when building sculptures for the lawn is the pattern provided by the sprinkler system. In some cases, the sculpture may actually block the spray from an automatic sprinkler system, causing parts of the lawn or garden to die. In these cases, it is important to chart the spray patterns and allow for alternate sprinkler heads to be used to keep the lawn...

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Building Metal Work For A Well Known Detox Retreat

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Bespoke metal work is a highly regarded product for many homes and businesses. This type of custom work is beautiful as well as functional, adding a touch of elegance to public and private areas alike. In this case, we were asked to do some custom metal work for a beautiful detox retreat based in Devon. Our craftsmen have been busy for some time now, taking these pieces from dream to design to construction. Ideas It starts with ideas. We talk to our customer to see what they are looking for in bespoke metal work. We tour the area in which the work will be placed, and study the plans. Usually, customers will request a gate or two, or decorative security for windows. Often, they don’t realize that we can do much more. With Yeotown detox centre, came up with some great ideas for a variety of items, including benches, planters, and sculptures. Our designers worked with the customer to come up with some attractive designs for some of these items. We’ve come up with a theme that makes everybody happy, but you’ll have to visit the centre to see what it is. Rendering The next step is to turn the ideas into a plan. With CAD, we turn our sketches into a computer drawing that will be used to program our machines. These renderings are 3D, and the customer can see exactly what the finished product will look like. With this program, we can expand or shrink the drawings as we need to. We can change color and simulate patina. This helps the customer to decide whether they want powder coat on their finished product or to use the natural finish. The final patina will be based on the type of metal we use in the metal work. This rendering also helps sculptures come to life. We and the customer can see what the finished product will look like from every angle. Manufacturing Once we have the rendering polished, we can start programming our machines. A lot of the work can be done with laser cutters and welders. This is especially handy when building several different items in the same pattern, such as planters. We just send the sheets of metal through, and the machines cut the designs and shapes we want. Other parts of our work, though, require painstaking hand craft. Our craftsmen are skilled in bending and welding, producing beautiful works of art out of industrial metal. Welding joints are inspected to make sure they are high quality, and the entire piece is assembled at the shop to make sure it all works as it should. Finishing From there, we apply the finish. Some people just want to allow the metal to rust or turn as it would naturally. However, for items that will be used on a regular basis, a finish is recommended. Powder coating is a hard finish that will protect the sculpture, gate, or bench, and keep it from rusting. It will also keep the piece structurally...

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A Look At Modern Metal Planters

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There are as many different styles of metal planters as there are homes and gardens to hold them. The use of metals in making planters and landscaping elements dates back to the first lawns in the 500s. Modern metal planters are more affordable than ever, partly due to streamlined manufacturing and partly to the increased availability of metals. Let’s take a look at modern metal planters, as see how they could e used in your home and garden. Zinc Zinc has been used in construction since construction began. The most common use of zinc is in roofing and gutters. Tudor style homes often have zinc shingles, which add a touch of elegance. However, zinc tends to corrode, when not properly sealed. Zinc planters have a very authentic, historic look. They almost immediately look weathered, and are great for heirloom plants. The patina of an authentic zinc metal planter cannot be matched by any other metal, making it a great choice for houseplants or for potted plants on the patio. Copper Copper is another metal that develops a breathtaking patina. Copper planters are usually actually made of some other, stiffer metal, with copper layered on the visible surfaces. This is because copper is a very soft metal. This soft quality makes it very easy to shape, so that you can find decorative copper planters easily. Whether you want classic egg and dart patterns around the top edge or a hammered look, copper is the way to go for a warm, decorative look. Steel Steel is now being used to make many planters. The strength of this metal makes it ideal for large planters, especially those used In outdoor landscapes. Many businesses and larger homes use large planters to display specimen trees, imported shrubbery or artificial plants. When you have large plants to display, you want a strong planter to contain them. Aluminum Aluminum is an alloy that is lightweight, with the strength of steel and the malleability of copper. These make great planters both inside and out. They do not develop a patina, so if your decorative style is modern, with sleek lines and shiny surfaces, aluminum may be the right choice for you. Chrome True chrome is actually applied to another metal. It can be very heavy, so is used in moderation. Modern application methods allow for a thin layer of chrome to e applied to the base metal, making it easier to use in and around the home. Chrome requires a certain amount of upkeep, and can be a problem when used around dirt and water. The chrome can rust and pit when exposed to moisture. Therefore, it is not a very good choice for planters which, of course, are rather moisture and dirt intense. Precious Metals Precious metals, such as gold, silver, and platinum, are not used in planters. You might find a “gold toned” planter, but that is simply a metallic addition to paint applied to the planter. Modern metal planters are lightweight and attractive. Consider using them for your interior and exterior...

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3 Great Examples Of Metal Nesting Tables

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Regardless of the size of your home, you may find that saving space in unusual ways is a great idea. Storage space and flat surfaces are often at a premium in just about any house. The good news is that you can add flat surfaces to your house without taking up too much floorspace. This is easily done with nesting tables. They are available in just about any style you could ever want, and can not only reinforce your own sense of design, they can be useful, too. Here are 3 great examples of metal nests of tables. Ocelle Nesting Tables For a futuristic look, consider the Ocelle table set. This consists of three circular nesting tables of graduated height and diameter. Each table has three legs. The unique styling of these tables makes them a beautiful addition to your modern home. The legs are supported on the two larger tables with a circular rung running the circumference of two of the three sides. This reiterates the circular theme, while the black, slender, tubular legs create a vertical line that draws the eyes up to the table top itself. The smallest table has a shelf that creates extra display space when the three tables are nested together. If you want for the circle around the bottom to be complete, simply rotate either the tallest table or the middle table so that part of the circular rung completes the circle. All three table tops are smoked glass for a sophisticated look. The beauty of these tables, besides the styling, is that they provide you with four surfaces – the three table tops and the shelf at the bottom. Perfect for the cocktail party, these small tables will allow guests to set their drinks down without you having to worry about your furniture being damaged by moist glasses. The tall, narrow styling, along with the round top, maximizes surface space without taking up floor space. Willow Nesting Side Table These attractive, bronze finished tables feature an antiqued mirror for each table top. The aged bronze, in combination with the antiqued mirror, are perfect for that “shabby chic” look. The double horseshoe pattern of the legs and frame give it a delicate, whimsical look. A single “U”, or horseshoe shape supports the top on each side, while the legs are inverted “U” shapes. The two “U” braces are joined in the middle, with a crossbar of matching antiqued bronze. The two tables nest together beautifully, and are a great addition to your sunroom, home office, or parlor.   Signature Nesting Tables Ashley Chatham presents the Signature Design of 3 nesting tales. These rectangular, charcoal metal tables with wooden tops are in the Mission Style, with a fashionable “X” on the two short sides. The three tables nest flawlessly, appearing as one table without looking cluttered. When separated, they provide fashionable surfaces for family games, entertaining friends, or simply for decorating your...

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2015 – New Year, New Site?

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2015 – New Year, New Site?

Hello everyone, we hope you had a wonderful holiday break and have made a good start to your new year! As you may know already we have been collecting proposals, designs and finished products from businesses, metalwork experts and hobbyists over the last 12 months. Not many of you would have known the idea behind this but we are now nearing completion and expect to be launching soon, so its time to spill the beans.     We are launching an online store for pre-made metalwork items! This will include a wide range of one-off and batch production pieces including furniture (tables, worktops, chairs & storage solutions), cooking items (BBQ, smokers, grills, oven range & accessories), art (sculpture and wall art) and a whole range of everyday and practical household items. We feel that metal work, ironmongery and forgery should not be limited to exclusive, high priced items and this online shop has allowed us to bring an eclectic range of affordable products to your door!   Enter your email below and sign up to our list where we will send you a link once the store has launched and products are available to buy. Leave Blank:Do Not Change:Your...

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Interesting Client

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Interesting Client

It’s not often we get contacted by people from foreign lands, but just recently we actually had somebody ask for a quote in what looked to be Arabic. None of us here at Swedish Metal have the ability to speak or read any foreign languages let alone Arabic. So what is one to do, there’s potential business, but we cannot do anything about it. The suggestion was made that we should contact an interpreter, we ended up contacting a translation company to do the correspondence for us. I can tell you now http://creativeword.uk.com/ helped tremendously in securing the job, an we’re currently working on a large contract. I thought, due to our success, I’d need to mention Creative Word on our blog! There are actually a few more things we need to look at, like who the best import/export companies are for getting these things across the Mediterranean sea through to Saudi...

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Bespoke Metal Work At Swedish Metal

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Bespoke Metal Work At Swedish Metal

Bespoke metalwork is the art of crafting metal into custom projects. The actual work, “bespoke” refers to tailor in England who would custom-fit clothing to his clients’ sizes. These days, it can refer to software for computing systems or, in our case, metalwork. Customization Standard bolts are just that – standard. You can buy them in what ever length you want, and at the desired diameter, and they are all interchangeable. If you drop one bolt on the worksite, you grab another one from the bag and continue working. These products are mass produced by machines such as stamps, dies, molds, and other assembly line tools. Bespoke metal can’t be replaced. It is custom made for the application. If you are looking for a metal balustrade for your stairs, you’ll need to order bespoke metalwork. A craftsman will need to come and measure your staircase, and your balustrade will fit only your stairs. Artwork If you are an artist or designer, and want artistic metalwork for your home or business, you’ll seek out a bespoke metalworker to bring your design to life. There is a lot of engineering that goes into 3-D art to keep it balanced and durable. Your design can be translated for use as a fountain head, or garden sculpture, or patio accent. If you have an idea for a spiral staircase for your new office, you’ll want us to engineer it so that it will be as safe as it is beautiful. Your garden gates, if they employ your monogram, for instance, will be built by bespoke metal craftsmen. You can even have patio furniture made to your specifications and according to your design. Explore Your Options Staircases are just the beginning for your custom-made metalwork. Inside or outside, bespoke metal transforms your workplace and home. One customer commissioned an auto engine to serve as the pedestal to a glass-topped table. Another asked for a walkway between lofts in their contemporary house. Yet another commissioned a metal sculpture of his daughter’s artwork, to go on the coffee table. Your imagination and our craftsmanship combine to create original metalwork at Swedish Metal. contact us today for a quote or to find out...

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