Materials & Finishes
We use a lot of brass in the manufacture of Corston products. For tactile items that need to be durable we believe it’s the best choice. There are cheaper alternate base metals like zinc, aluminium and steel but these don’t offer the unique features of brass. The most noticeable property is the products weight. They feel heavy and robust, feeling reassuringly satisfying to twist and hold. As the parts age they will attract patina and improve. From new, Corston products are supplied in two finishes;
The Corston natural brass finish is very simple. It is polished brass that is then protected with a semi-gloss Electrophoretic lacquer. This is a hardwearing resin that is oven baked onto the part giving a long lasting protection. This classic finish is a warm colour that combines beautifully with painted joinery and natural timbers.
Bronze colour is a very rich deep brown colour, that fits well into both contemporary and traditional homes and interiors. The Corston bronze finish is a chemical process that is applied by hand to brass parts. It has a lot of texture, and subtle marks within it. Over a very long period of use the colour can work through subtlety revealing the warmth of the brass below.
When un-coated and un-protected, brass can develop colour and patina on its own. If you would like to create this finish, it is possible with Corston products. The protective layer on natural brass components can be removed with nail varnish remover. The brass will then be un-protected and age much faster.