Pictorial recap of the step by step process of creating custom hardware

This pictorial recap will complete our 6 part series on creating a piece of custom hardware designed to the client’s exact specifications.

It begins with an inspiration piece, in this case a metal foil collage the client owned:

artist unknown Martin Pierce Hardware

artist unknown
Martin Pierce Hardware

A hand-drawn rendering is submitted for design approval:

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

Once approved, a hand-carved wooden mold is created:

Stage Two..hollowing out goblet to create thin mold Martin Pierce Hardware

Stage Two..hollowing out goblet to create thin mold
Martin Pierce Hardware

Design details are worked out:

Wood sculpture compared to working drawing Martin Pierce Hardware

Wood sculpture compared to working drawing
Martin Pierce Hardware

Etched shield Martin Pierce Hardware

Etched shield
Martin Pierce Hardware

A silicon shell is created and wax is poured:

Goblet mold in silicon shell Martin Pierce Hardware

Goblet mold in silicon shell
Martin Pierce Hardware

Red wax mold showing detail from wood carving

Red wax mold showing detail from wood carving

detail of red wax mold

detail of red wax mold

Assembly details are worked out.  This particular project required two of everything as the door handles were being placed on both the entry and the exit of glass doors:

notice screw placement

notice screw placement

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

The finishing process includes waxing and buffing to highlight specific details:

Buffed and polished Martin Pierce Hardware

Buffed and polished
Martin Pierce Hardware

The finished product--double door handles with a glass door placed between them:

final product two sided door handles Martin Pierce Hardware

final product two sided door handles
Martin Pierce Hardware

To inquire about purchasing one of these limited edition door handles or to view our entire collection of custom hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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About martinpierceblog

Martin and Anne Pierce live in Los Angeles California with their beloved rescue dog, Iris. Martin's custom designs reflect his love of nature and include beautiful vine and fern drawer pulls, a realistic yet whimsical collection of bugs and other critters on door hardware and charming floral designs on everything from door levers to bathroom accessories. He also enjoys creating sculptural contemporary pieces that are easy to access for those with limited physical capabilities. All of Martin's designs are hand carved and cast in their Los Angeles studio where there is truly something for everyone. Please contact us with any questions or custom queries
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