Large Scale - Flows on Board
Colour - Porcelain beads are hand-made and fired in the kiln, before building a Flow directly onto board with special cement. If colour is required, stain is mixed into the porcelain before the beads are made and many colours are possible. The colour does not fade in sunlight or over time.
Strength - The beads of porcelain are remarkably strong - they can only be broken by a hard hit from a very hard object; they cannot be broken by snapping or knocking by hand. Damage is more likely to occur by hard levering of a bead out of the cement, in which case it is possible to glue back in.
Protection - Flows on board to not require covering with glass or perspex for general protection: we recommend that they are finished with a frame or border to contain the Flow and make a tidy cover to the edge of the board.
Wooden frames are mostly used painted in an off-white to sit with natural porcelain. They can be painted or stained in any colour and any profile of frame may be suggested.
Wooden frames are delicate - they are for bordering only and do not take the weight of the work and the paint work needs to be handled carefully to avoid chipping or scratching.
Metal frames are less bulky than wood and can be made in brass, stainless steel or aluminium in a variety of finishes matt/polished, patinated/clean. Thickness and depth of frame is bespoke, as well as welding for circular frames or mitred corners for squared frames.
Metal frames are more expensive but stronger and make a clean edge to the work.
Linen borders are made to extend the size of the work without incurring the cost of a large Flow. We have made borders in other materials, including leather. It is also possible to build a frame around the border.
The Flow becomes slightly flatter around the join with the linen to avoid the cement showing.
Painted Wood Frame - Narrow Profile
This is an example of a narrow, open profile frame which allows the Flow to spill over the edge.
Painted Wood Frame - Wide Profile
This is an example of a wider, open profile frame which allows the Flow to spill but provides a bit more containment with lifted edges.
Stained Wood Frame - tight, upright profile.
This style of frame provides a neat edge to contain the Flow.
Distressed Oak Frame - like a wooden border
This distressed oak frame was a special request and was hand built by local Box Maker Paul Swan. The frame has a wide shallow profile giving the work a more open perspective.
Metal Frame - Polished Stainless Steel
A very shiny surface with a welded join; a matt surface is also possible. Stainless steel is the only metal used for yachts and ships.
Metal Frame - patinated "Penny" Brass
Chemicals are applied to the brass surface to give it this aged appearance.
Metal - Penny Brass with Polished Face (outside edge)
This frame is 3mm wide.
Metal - Penny Brass Frame with Polished Face (inside edge)
This frame is 5mm wide.
Metal Frame - Anodized Aluminium
The frame provides a neat finish to the Flow.
Metal Frame - Aluminium Corner
It is difficult to weld the corner of the frame and maintain an even surface finish, so a mitred corner (with butting 45 degree angled edges) is used.
This was a very large work and required extra width linen. The work was left unframed.
We can suggest a leather supplier for selection of a border.