Our friends at Palloys suggested we collaborate in producing a range of hardware. Palloys have been the go-to people for the antique trade ever since I can remember for reproductions for brass castings for valuable antiques.
Our friends had bought out the family run business and have turned it into a very sophisticated operation which is best explained by a visit to the website. http://palloys.com.au/
On gaining an understanding of the capabilities and potential, the idea of creating a range based on the classical column capital started taking shape. Nile representing the papyrus theme adopted by the ancient Egyptians then being incorporated into Greek architecture by adding scrolls with the Romans introducing the elaborate acanthus
with the scroll.
So, we went to various resources, our library of reference books and trusty google and selected variations of the Corinthian, Doric and Egyptian capital designs. The CAD engineers at Palloys blended elements from our selection until we had the designs
more or less nutted out.
We backed and forthed until we were happy and gave the go ahead to press the button on the 3D printer which creates the highly detailed master model from which the rubber mould is made.
The production, known as lost wax, cire perdue and investment casting, gives very detailed reproduction. The process is described on Palloys website. The point is these designs are nothing short of detailed artworks.
We have settled on casting in silicon bronze, a copper based alloy that can then be plated or finished as required. Virtually any finish is available.
While we have created cabinet pulls for the launch, there is no reason that can’t take our designs from here and create door passage sets, curtain finials, walking cane handles etc, through the CAD files.
We take pride that this range is entirely our intellectual project fully realised here in Australia from woe to go. The culmination of passion for classical design, craftsmanship and 21st century technology.