In the ancient sand-cast method, an object to be duplicated is pushed-down into a tray of sand, leaving a crude (but serviceable) mold for casting. Then, molten metal—be it bronze, iron or brass—is poured into the impression which, when it cools, is removed, cleaned-up, and polished. Mankind has been using this technique at least since the Bronze Age (3300 years BC).
The Italian pewter photo frames, pictured above, are made in just such a manner. Because sand-casting is a crude technology, each piece cast has a rustic, highly-individual look. The subsequent manual-finishing also imparts a trace of random handcraft. The aesthetic is luxurious yet gently primitive.
Please come into the shop to see them along with the rest of our wide assortment of handsome picture frames.