Metalier liquid metal bronze ballet shoes

Lightweight Liquid Metal

Metalier’s coating is a lightweight liquid metal.

Being so light is one of the advantages of this incredibly versatile material.  It is the second reason we give for Why Liquid Metal?

It can be used as a replacement to sheet or solid metal when weight is important – in an aeroplane, a yacht or even a bigger sailing vessel.

Using a lightweight liquid metal can also make fit-outs more practical even if the end result doesn’t require lightness.  It is much easier to install an MDF panel coated in Metalier lightweight liquid metal than it is to install a piece of sheet metal.  It’s easier to carry, easier to drill and if it is dropped the floor is likely to suffer less.

The concept of lightness

Nothing conjures up the concept of lightness more than a traditional ballerina in classic dress.  The ballet shoes shown date back to 2005 and we still have the original shoe in our workshop.  Still designers and architects marvel that we have coated a real ballet shoe with Metalier lightweight liquid metal in bronze.  It is finished off with green patina to create a verdigris look.

When we began our liquid metal journey back in 2005 we hadn’t done any work to showcase on our website so we chose items that would showcase the qualities and attributes of our material.  These ballet shoes were given to us by a real ballerina who had danced in them.

The shoes also show another feature of Metalier liquid metal coatings.  They transform the mundane into the spectacular – the first reason Why Liquid Metal.  While no-one would call a pristine new pink pair of toe shoes mundane, they have certainly become mundane by the time they have reached the end of their useful life on the stage.  Transformed by Metalier they become a permanent keepsake.

Memorabilia is by no means a large part of the Metalier business but we have enjoyed all the opportunities to contribute to people’s memories.

If you need lightweight liquid metal coatings for your next project send us an email or complete the form below.

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Metalier liquid metal rose gold detail from Epsilon salon

Liquid metal colour range

Metalier liquid metal colour range is almost infinite

The liquid metal colour range available from Metalier is huge.  We say it's almost infinite because in 12 years of creating new and exciting finishes we haven't got to the end of the possibilities yet.

The liquid metal colour range is made up of standard and bespoke colours

The standard Metalier colour range includes the following colours:  aluminium, iron, gold brass, green brass, bronze, chocolate bronze, smoky bronze, gunmetal bronze, salmon copper, dark copper, dusky copper, black copper and nickel silver.  We call these colours our standard range as they come ready-created from our metal suppliers.  All the applicator has to do is mix the metal with the chosen binder (add MEKP if it's the solvent) and get spraying.

Bespoke metals are individually created

In the workshop at HQ in Auckland, NZ we have created a number of custom-mixed colours.  We pass on the formulas to our hubs and applicators of course.  Mixed colours include aluminium blush, classic gold, rich gold, rose gold and gunmetal silver.  The rose gold pictured - our newest creation and one of our favourites was created specially for the Epsilon Hair Salon in Mount Maunganui.  The theme-colour of this beautiful salon is pink and there is rose gold on the floor, on the balustrades and on the light-fittings.  It goes well with the holistic, cruelty-free ethos of the salon and its owner.  You can see more of the fit-out at the Salon website.

The team at HQ aren't the only clever ones, however.  It was our UK team that devised the champagne gold that was specially created for a ban of escalators at Harrods of London.

We love a challenge and matching metals to a specific brief is something that we love to do.  The vast range of options available are one of the 11 reasons why you should choose Metalier coatings.

So contact us if you would like a special metal colour created just for you.  Email or telephone (+64 9 376 7099) or you could complete the form below.

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Metalier liquid metal gunmetal bronze texture

Textured liquid metal: subtle or dramatic

Chose textured liquid metal

Textured liquid metal is one of the attractions of Metalier real metal coatings.   With texture you can create a vast array of different looks.  It’s the eighth reason why you should choose the Metalier liquid metal system.

Mud pies for grown-ups

With Metalier you can create elegant repetitive patterns such as sandscrit.  You can also go wild creating random heavy looks.  There is something very satisfying about making a toothpaste-like mix of binder and metals and applying it with a spatula or spoon or other ordinary house-hold implement.  Our team even make patterns using paper. It’s mud pies for grown-ups.

The ability to texture also means that you can create special effects using leaves and other things from nature.  Leaves, for example, can become part of the final finish or just lightly applied and then lifted off leaving a leaf-print.  You can use the same techniques on any pattern you like – we’ve seen it used with shapes and even with fish.  Maybe it would even work with those ubiquitous front door swans that were so fashionable in the 1950s – but then, maybe not.

We love the subtle textures introduced into the finish featured in this blog.  It was completed by our talented team in North America.  You can check out their website here.

Patinas and waxes

Patination is most effective when applied to textured liquid metal. The 3 different patinas Metalier produces create rust, pearlescent effects, aging and Verdigris.  The highs and lows of textured finishes show the variety that patina creates – strongly coloured in the depths with high polish on the highs. Black waxes also work well on the textures for the same reason – dark lows and light highs.

Boutique and hand-crafted

Metalier finishes are boutique and hand-crafted so no two finishes will ever look the same.  No two applicators will produce identical work.   Sometimes the same applicator can’t repeat what he or she did before!  This is one of the great attractions of the Metalier system. Architects and designers can pushing design barriers and clients receive an individual and unique look.

Pretty compelling we think.

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Metalier Liquid metal brass in Invive salon

Brass design luxury

Great brass design enhances spa fit-out

The brass design in this stunning fit-out for Invive Spa is the key feature which holds the design together.  Talented designer, Bridget Taylor from Spaceworks Design Group, is a fan of Metalier Coatings and uses them whenever she can.  On this occasion the subtle use of the brass metal rods set off the luscious colours chosen for the fit-out.  What you won't know unless you're up with our secrets is that the rods started life as pieces of wood.  They only became brass when they were finished with our Metalier brass coating.

Brass design pieces add a touch of luxury

The creator of Invive, Hayley Nithi has visited many luxury spas around the world.  Her intention is to re-energise and modernise the spa industry in New Zealand.  Building Invive and bringing the luxuries of the world to New Zealand is just the beginning.  The fit-out in general and the brass design pieces in particular are all in line with and provide a great home for the luxury products and services offered in the spa.

Sometimes less is more

The old adage that sometimes less is more is very apt.  Although obviously we'd like you to coat every available surface with Metalier sometimes that just doesn't work out and could be seriously over the top.  The brass design in Invive is like the jewel in the crown - the light touch that brings the whole design together.

The philosophy behind Invive resonates with us too.  It's holistic just like the philosophy of Epsilon Hair which also featured touches of Metalier - this time in rose gold.  This sits well with the Metalier wish to tread lightly on the earth by conserving its resources as much as we can.  We do this by using recycled metals and fine coatings so that we use as little of the earth's elements as possible.

All our wonderful distributors support this philosophy too and here is how to contact them:
UK, USA, India, Vietnam and Australia.

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Metalier liquid metal drak copper bowl

New dark copper colour : liquid metal

Dark Copper is the new copper colour from Metalier

We named the new copper from Metalier "dark copper".  When you compare it to Metalier's original copper the difference is immediately noticeable and dramatic.  The larger pile of powder on the left of the picture below is Metalier's original copper colour.  The smaller pile on the right is dark copper.  We've named the original copper salmon copper.  It is a salmon pink colour - hence the name.

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The addition of the new copper to the range gives Metalier an additional colour.  It also allows our applicators  to create a new range of "hybrids" - metal colours that can be mixed on the spot by combining two or more of the standard metal colours we offer.  Think of rose gold, rich gold, aluminium blush and rose aluminium.  Copper features as a component in each of these hybrids.

The gorgeous dark copper bowl featured was created by one of our newest distributors, Abel & Glen of Sydney, Australia.  Abel & Glen are tasked with taking Metalier across the ditch from New Zealand.  We're very pleased to have them in the Metalier team and even more pleased when they turn out work like this bowl.  We'll tell you more about them shortly - we've asked them what they'd like us to say about them.  So far they've been a bit coy!  In the meantime, if you're in Australia and you'd like a copper bowl or something else then you can contact Abel and Glen here or complete the form below and we'll put you in touch with each other.

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