Process 
                    

Pattern Room


At P. E. Guerin, many of our projects start in the Pattern Room. This room houses all our historic patterns and pattern books. With over 50,000 patterns in this room alone, you could easily spend an entire day spellbound by hardware.

Mould Making


Once a pattern is selected, it is delivered up to the Foundry where it will be pressed into sand. If the object needs to be hollow, such as a spout, a core of wire and sand must be created to be suspended in the center of the impression. After the mould is made it will then be moved into the kiln to bake until dry.

Pouring


When the mould is finished baking, its time to pour. Brass ingots are added to a crucible to melt until a temperature of 1900℉ or higher is reached. Then a team of two will lift the crucible and begin pouring. The temperature of the brass needs to be just right to insure a perfect casting.

Filing


After the rough casting is cool enough to handle, the next step is to cut and file it down to remove any rough or sharp edges.

Fitting


The casting will then be turned, brazed and fitted to create a functioning piece of hardware.

Chasing


To restore detail lost during the filing process, our chasers will take hammer and chisel to the casting and work over it for hours until the piece is fully detailed. Much like a painter, chasers focus on bringing out the highlights and shadows of the piece. In their hands, the item is elevated from simple hardware into a beautiful art object.

Polishing


Before being plated, the hardware's surface will be polished, brushed or pumiced to achieve the correct texture for the desired finish.

Plating


Plating is the final step in manufacturing. Here we will electro-plate the brass into a variety of finishes and apply a patina by hand onto the metal.

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