Learn how St. Luke's Bespoke Hand Painted Cast Bronze Address Plaque for their new offices was designed and made.

Top London based advertising agency St. Luke's Communications Ltd approached us wanting a low maintenance bronze address plaque for their new offices. Being in a business that's image and brand conscious they wanted to make sure that the final sign was accurate to the styling of their 'flying ox' logo and corporate typeface. They also wanted the sign to look traditional.

A cast bronze address plaque mounted on iron gates. St. Luke's Bronze Address Plaque.

"We're very happy. The whole process was handled very well - Great result and very reasonably priced too!"

Roy Hyndman, St. Luke's Communications Ltd

3D Model of the finished sign

St. Luke's gave us digital line artwork. We used this to create a digital model showing what the sign would look like in 3d. We sent them a video showing the plaque from all angles so they could judge the proportions and thickness of lettering and the sign border. We also showed them the plaque in its painted state.

Making the Pattern Work

Bronze address plaque pattern work featuring an ox with wings motif and bespoke lettering.
The bronze plaque pattern work.

When they were happy with the 3d pre-visual model we made the wooden pattern. The computer cut pattern work ensured that the final plaque would be accurate to the original line artwork.

Casting the Plaque

Once the pattern work was prepared the plaque was cast in bronze. We used the sand casting process to give the plaque the traditional crafted look and weight that's only possible with this process.

A close up of the bronze address plaque showing the flying ox logo after it had lost detail crafted back.
A close up of the flying ox logo after details lost in the casting process were crafted back.

Finishing the Casting

Because of the traditional sand casting process some details can be lost. These had to be crafted back using hand and machine tools.

The Easy Fixing Gate Brackets

The plaque is mounted onto a cast iron gate. We fixed brackets on the back that would take the weight. The bracket was designed to be easy to fix, secure and heavy duty. St. Luke's installed the plaque themselves.

A bespoke sand cast hand painted bronze address plaque featuring a flying ox logo.
The finished bespoke hand painted cast bronze address plaque.

Polishing and Hand painting the Plaque

The plaque was polished by hand skillfully keeping the details in the raised logo and type. After polishing it was given two coats of a protective grey primer. That was followed by hand painting the black background colour. 

Conclusion

St Luke's appreciated that we took the time to deliver exactly what they wanted at a reasonable price. Using traditional craftsmanship and modern technology they got the best of both worlds.


If you would like to discuss your bespoke bronze address plaque requirements with us please call us now on +44(0)1274 572240 or contact us with our online form.

"I am totally delighted with the plaque and have sent photos to all and sundry. You have done a brilliant job Carl. I am so glad I found you! I will certainly be recommending you to anybody in need of your services in the future. Thank you so much. It was wonderfully packed but I could not wait to open it!"

Pat Henry, Chair of St Joseph & The Helpers Charity

"We were commissioned by Cameron Mackintosh Limited to create a commemorative bronze plaque for the 25th Anniversary of Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre in the heart of the West End, we turned to Carl Huxley at Specialist Metalwork Skills to get this iconic installation created. From initial discussions through to the on time and on budget installation of the piece Carl and his team guided us through the process and delivered a truly stunning end result".

Mark Hollington, Newman Displays Ltd.