Scrollwork can be achieved either by bending cold metal into the desired shape or by heating in the forge and hammering. When it is bent cold the scroll will have a blunt end and it is difficult to achieve an even, graceful shape, however the process is quicker and requires less skill and is therefore cheaper and readily available.Scrolls which have been created by heating the metal and then hammering it into shape are far more refined, whether slender and elegant or chunky and solid the result should be a beautiful, well balanced spiral which flows gracefully to a natural conclusion.
An example of poor quality cold bent scrolls
High quality hot forged scrolls
There are endless variations on the design and fixing of railings dictated mostly by cost, the setting and style. From a basic, cost-effective welded construction to traditionally forged finials individually leaded in for the purist, Bath has an abundance of railings which we are constantly employed in repairing and recreating. Following are a few points worth taking into consideration when considering. Traditionally constructed railings have uprights made of solid bar, the ends of which have been individually heated and hammered to form the finials. The top strap is punched and the uprights passed through and fixed in place discreetly. Uprights are set directly into stone coping, caulked in with molten lead and finished with a lead collar.Plate fixings are unsightly and create a rust trap, at Ironart we prefer to fix directly into the stone using resin to fix into vertical surfaces and lead to fix into horizontal surfaces.
Using resin to fix to vertical surfaces
Welds can be ground to a neat finish at little extra cost
Using lead to fix into horizontal surfaces
Cast iron finials on steel posts
Welding a cast finial to a steel post is seldom successful (as can be illustrated by the number missing) a more secure result can be achieved by drilling and tapping the bar and finial then joining them with a threaded dowel.Tubular steel is prone to deterioration from rust over a relatively short period of time it is therefore generally unsuitable for gates and railings despite sometimes being offered as a cheaper alternative.
A basic welded construction is a cost effective alternative
Lead collar detail
Whilst the most spectacular and ornate ironwork is affordable only to a few,
we like to think that with consideration, simple detailing and good design,
quality ironwork can be made to fit most budgets.
– Soft and subtle – tones perfectly with natural stone and wood.
– A soft, vintage blue shade with hints of sage.
Oriental blue –
A very pretty assertive blue. Ideal if you are looking for a contrast.
– A chic and contemporary finish to your metalwork.
– Elegant, traditional and understated.
– A bolder but still versatile choice – ideal for both urban and rural settings.
– Harmonious within a garden environment, timeless in any setting.
– A classic and traditional metalwork finish. Choose from gloss or satin.
– A gloss white painted finish, ideal if you are looking for a crisp, clean silhouette.
We can post you colour swatches from this colour range if you’d like to see a sample. We can also paint metalwork in ANY colour of your choice for an additional charge. Please get in touch.
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