Polished brass door knocker finish is perhaps the most popular of them all.
The natural color of a brass door knocker is a gold tone. The surface is machine buffed and hand polished to a bright shiny mirror-like surface.
This highly reflective surface is perfect for engraving. The soft brass surface cuts readily allowing the cutter to create crisp lines that stands out very well.
There is no plating involved with our polished brass. You see the actual surface of the casting.
Our polished brass door knockers are completed with a coating of clear protective lacquer.
A bright polished brass door knocker will go with most decors and blend in with most colors and designs. When polished brass will not work select from one of our other finishes.
Sometimes called Brushed Brass, the surface of the casting's natural brass gold tone is machine buffed smooth and hand polished.
An abrasive media is used to dull the surface and create a horizontal grain to the surface.
This surface is provides great contrast for engraving. The engraving creates bright lines that reflect well on the non reflective satin surface.
There is no plating involved with our satin brass. You see the actual surface of the casting.
Our antique brass door knockers are natural brass that has been that have been hand finished to resemble an aged brass finish.
This finish is available on all of our solid brass door knockers.
All finish work is performed in our own studio.
The surface of the casting's natural brass gold tone is machine buffed smooth and hand polished.
An abrasive media is used to dull the surface and create a horizontal grain across the casting. The door knocker now has the appearance of a satin brass finish. A little more work is needed to create our antique brass door knockers.
At this stage the door knocker is engraved. The engraving cuts shiny smooth lines that contrast with the satin finished brass surface.
After engraving the unit is oxidized to a dark brown to black color. An antique door knocker surface needs to vary from light to dark areas. A very fine abrasive is used to lightly polish the oxidized surface leaving the highlights a nice honey brownish gold and the details dark brown to black.
This surface provides great contrast for engraving. Because we engrave before we oxidize the engraving stands out well on the surface and is easily read.
The final step is to apply a protective clear lacquer coating. This prevents tarnish and weathering of the surface. It is important that the lacquer be applied as the last step. If the door knocker is engraved after the lacquer is applied the raw metal will be exposed where the engraving is and tarnish will soon follow.
The finished products are personalized solid brass door knockers that will grace any home.
The satin nickel door knocker finish is sometimes called Brushed Nickel. The surface of the natural brass casting is machine buffed smooth and hand polished. An abrasive media is used to dull the surface and create a horizontal grain effect on the surface.
The casting is then engraved. Following the engraving the casting is nickel plated to create the nickel silver finish over the satin brass.
Because we engrave before we nickel plate our satin nickel door knockers our engraving shows up very well. The engraving also cannot damage the nickel plating if it is done first. This is not true with door knockers that are engraved after the plating process.
The actual engraving creates bright lines in the satin brass. When nickel plated these bright lines transfer to the new nickel surface creating contrast that allows the engraving to stand out.
The final step is the application of high quality clear gloss lacquer to protect and seal the finished product.
Sometimes called "Pewter" the surface of the casting's natural brass gold tone is machine buffed smooth and hand polished. An abrasive media is used to dull the surface and create a horizontal grain to the surface. The casting is then engraved. Following the engraving the casting is nickel plated to create the silver finish over the satin brass. The casting is then placed in an oxidizer bath to turn the surface almost black. The black oxidation is polished leaving a darkened satin finish with darkened highlights.
As a usual rule satin nickel does not create adequate contrast for engraving to be seen well. This is not true with ours because we engrave before we plate. The actual engraving creates bright lines on the satin surface that creates excellent contrast. This is duplicated through the plating creating an easy to read personalization. As an added benefit the oxidation process actually darkens the engraving creating even more contrast. Nickel electroplating is used on our antique nickel finish.
Venetian bronze is similar to an oil rubbed bronze and an aged bronze finish. All are designed to have a similar effect. A bronze casting that has been darkened by oxidation naturally over a long period of time. Wear from use will cause the metal below to be exposed through the oxidation. This reddish brown colored metal creates an attractive pattern. With the exposed metal showing through the darkened oxidized body, a great contrast is produced. This striking appearance has become very popular on modern hardware for the home.
Our venetian bronze door knocker finish is created on our solid brass castings.
The first step is to clean, polish and satin the brass casting to the desired texture. The casting is then heavy copper plated and then polished again.
The copper plated door knocker is placed in a special oxidizer that turns the surface to a blackish brown color. The next step is to lightly hand polish to even the texture of the surface and expose the highlights of the copper plated surface below.
This surface provides great contrast for engraving. The engraving shows the exposed copper plating against the darkened body.
A true oil rubbed bronze finish is a living finish which starts out almost totally brown. Over time with the wear of use the copper below is exposed. This situation is not good for an engraved product such as our door knockers. The engraving would soon blend in with the rest of the surface and virtually disappear.
For this reason we perform the engraving process process just before we coat the entire piece with a clear weatherproof and UV resistant lacquer. This prevents the engraving from darkening and blending with the rest of the door knocker. At the same time the appearance of an aged bronze casting is preserved.