Just started designing metal furniture and would love some suggestions on differant types of finishes. 3x3 coffee table will have 5/8 glass on top
Welcome to ArtMetal, Tom! That's a nice looking table base you've made. I like the addition of the "V" elements in the top framework - it gives it that little flair that makes it interesting.
As for finishes, I have some fairly strong opinions on that subject. I don't like powder coating. It is almost impossible to touch up should it become damaged or defective in any way. Also, I feel it places control of the most obvious visual aspect of the piece with someone other than the designer/fabricator. For production work, this probably necessary as sole-authorship is unrealistic for mass production, but for one-off designer pieces I think the whole thing should come from one mind. That's my personal opinion, your mileage may vary. :-)
I'd suggest you look into some of the patinas offered by SculptNouveau. They offer chemical patinas, surface coatings and dye-based patinas that can turn an ordinary piece into something really extraordinary. Regular paint can do the same thing in the hands of someone truly proficient and creative in its use.
Well, there's a couple things for yo to think about and for others to comment on. I'm sure you'll a lot of valuable input from the members here.
I would second everything Rich said but only add that I think the "V" details should be even larger. That would also help support the glass across the mid section of the table(not that it really needs it...
Even a heat patina using the torch would be kinda cool with this piece ,in my opinion.
thank you so much for your advise. I can already see this site is going to be an invaluable asset to my work.
Welcome, Tommy, the table is beautifully done. I like it just the way it is and the proportions are great just the way it is. Lin
Thank you Lin for the positive feedback.
If you want to go with a simply done finish I have had nice results with spray can finishes. I get the textured paints or the hammered look sprays and use at least a couple of colors. Like I might use a textured black and a bronze which I would just lightly highlight the black with. I did this recently on a railing and liked the results. I also used a similar method to customize a large plastic pot to coordinate with the verdigris finish on some nice oriental style lights for a driveway flowerpot.
Thanks alot for the info, I will give it a try.