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Spotlight on Craft – Brass Casting

15th February 2021

The team of makers at our Foundry on the South Coast of England work on the finest brass casting projects, whether it be for our collection items or for our bespoke clients.

Jordan, photographed here by award-winning photographer – Alun Callender, is one of our youngest makers. Having trained in a variety of different departments at the Foundry, he’s settled on brass casting, we think it definitely suits him!

Seen here in our sand casting and pouring room, Jordan works with the furnace on a daily basis. He creates sand cast moulds for an array of products including; door hardware, lamp bases and picture rail finials. It’s an intricate process that involves compressing sand to form a mould which molten brass is poured into. Here Jordan discusses some of his favourite processes and Collier Webb pieces.

MAKER’S FAVOURITE PRODUCT

“I think the Pluto Wall Light, we’ve made quite a few bespoke versions, it’s really versatile. My favourite was a bespoke version with stars which looked great.”

Collier Webb bespoke wall lights being made at their foundry and available at their London showrooms
Left: A bespoke version of our Pluto Wall Light with star perforations Right: The original Pluto at our Foundry

MAKER’S FAVOURITE PRODUCT TO PRODUCE

“The Empire Light is one of our more intricate lamps, it’s interesting to make as it involves so many different processes including; lost-wax, sand casting and usually more than one metal colour.”

Empire lamp a Regency style light by Collier Webb
The Regency style "Empire" table lamp,

MAKER’S TIP

“Before I moved to casting I spent some time training in the metal colouring department. I learnt to perfect a bronze finish. It’s quite a slow process which involves the brass turning from bright Verdigris to dark bronze. I also assisted with sample matching, taking an existing piece of hardware and matching the colour exactly – it pretty satisfying!”