matt black Archive

Juliet Fishenden

Prior to the industrial revolution, the humble blacksmith was installed at his forge in every country village throughout the land. His bread and butter trade was practical ironwork producing horse tack, farm tools and ploughs and in the less enlightened ages, swords and armour.

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People soon started to employ the local smithy to make decorative objects that would adorn any home, objects that would be passed down the generations. And where does a blacksmith derive his inspiration for such objects? Out of the window.

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Mother Nature features a near infinite range of shapes and forms but the most pleasing to the eye become the classics whose design weathers the years just like the iron they are made of. One such classic is the Ram’s Horn.

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The pleasing curves leading to the sharpened tip is one of Made by the Forge’s signature pieces and can be found as a curtain pole finial (above shown in beeswax), a curtain hold back (below shown in matt black finish).

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It is also the decorative centre to Chris Eckersley’s Standard Floor Lamp. It is extraordinary how a still powerful and classic design can be forged to compliment contemporary lighting and as a fusion of both past and present, it creates its own unique identity.

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Juliet Fishenden

Spring has arrived and it is the time of year when freshening up ones home seems paramount. We feel it is time to get more sunlight into our home and give everything a good airing.

We are using our fabulous hand forged tie backs and hold backs, to give our rooms more light, they match our curtain pole finials. All hold backs or tie back hooks are matt black or traditional beeswax which gives a beautiful sheen to the ironwork. Hold backs are generally fitted approximately two thirds down the length of the curtain.
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Interior designers often use our tie back hooks when they are using decorative material tie backs which adds a finishing touch to a dressed window. (Shown in the photo below)
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Our Honey Dipper hold backs are unique and stylish.
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Richard Fishenden

I thought it would be an idea to explain the difference in finishes between a beeswax finish and matt black paint.

Beeswax is a natural wax that is applied to the metal as soon as it is forged, while it is still hot. Once cool, it gives the metal a protective coating yet has no colour. The result is a piece of ironwork with a ‘sheen’. It allows the natural colour and grain of the metal to stand out.

Great for the purists who want their metal to look as natural as possible.

It does have a slightly tacky feel when it is new. It will wear away in places after a while allowing possible moisture to oxidize the metal. Some people like this as the metal will age and change colour over time.

Matt black is an all over paint. It is a consistent finish that will wear better than the beeswax and not change in colour over time. It can be wiped clean and made to look new again with some graphite paste. It is more suited in a damp area.

You will loose some of the natural beauty of the steel with matt black but it does have its own appeal and looks great in almost any area.

The photo above is of a piece of iron I finished in beeswax(bottom) and matt black(top). See which one you like best!