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.

dark copper, salmon copper, liquid metal, copper liquid metal

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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Great design: Metalier liquid metal

Great design principles

Great design and what it means is in some ways subjective.

No doubt there are philosophers who have expounded on the subject – probably at some length.  There are also some elements, such as balance, composition and functionality that must be in sync for a design to be great.

At Metalier, we’ve often worked with Sue Gillbanks of Kitchens by Design and the picture above is one of Sue’s kitchens.  In this kitchen the design’s central element is the unusual pattern and colour in the stone splash back.  The palette is muted in tones of cream and a mushroom brown.  Sue has carried forward the colours into the cream bench and the cream cabinets with their brown handles.  The range-hood tones perfectly in Metalier smoky bronze (one of Sue’s favourite metals).  The table and chairs complete the brown contribution to the theme.

Variety is added with having glass in the end cabinet to show off the owners’ glassware and crockery and there is a touch of whimsy in the little shelf high on the left side of the splash back. The towel rails with their ceramic knobs are a quirky touch too.

This kitchen is an illustration of all the elements that make up great design in our opinion – subjectivity again!  Above all good design contributes to how we live and how happily and well we live and function.  I am sure that the cook or cooks who get to work in this kitchen just love every minute they spend in this room.  I imagine too that this translates into the great dishes that are produced here.  And you certainly wouldn’t want to leave it in a mess!

And don’t forget that the design has to be stunningly beautiful.  We think this kitchen is and we’d love to take it home.

Contact Metalier in NZUKUSA, Vietnam or Australia for recommendations of great designers for residential and commercial fit-outs or complete the form below.

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Metalier liquid metal copper on a baseball

Copper baseball - any substrate

Copper baseball shows off an unusual substrate

This copper baseball was coated and polished by our friends and distributors in North America, M2 Supply of Elkhart Indiana.  It illustrates clearly the Metalier mantra that we can coat almost any substrate.  There is no doubt that this is a genuine and used baseball.  You can even see the little fibres on the surface of the ball.  And the copper baseball, because it is curved, is an ideal vehicle to show off the shine and beauty of the metal.

Any substrate!

The “any substrates” that can be coated with Metalier are almost unlimited.  The main requirement is for the substrate to be able to take a key.  For Metalier liquid metal to bond to the substrate it needs to be slightly roughened.  This creates strong adhesion which lasts for years.  In fact, there is no reason for Metalier to ever delaminate if the initial bond is properly formed.

Polystyrene, which is frequently used for props, in theatre, film and entertainment venues requires a barrier coating.  The barrier coating needs to be able to take a key too. It’s not rocket science though.  Even regular paints require sanding between coats for good adhesion.

Most of the work that Metalier is contracted for is seen in great fit-outs like Dior, The Sugar Club, Paul Smith and Harrods of London.

There’s another side to the business too. We’ve had fun with lots of substrates – we’ve coated bathtubs and basins, gumboots and baby shoes.  One of our most moving commissions was coating a cap which was to be a part of a tombstone.  It was for the grave of a young lad who had died tragically young.  It broke us up doing the work but we were proud too to contribute to the memorial.

If you have something unusual that you would like us to coat as well as your front door, fireplace surrounds, kitchen cabinets, floors or hundreds of bedheads in your hotel, please contact us here or complete the form below.  You can also ready more about possible substrates here.

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Metalier liquid metal brass in porthole windows

Liquid Metal Curves - metal versatility

Metalier Liquid Metal curves and follows the substrate

It does so whether the substrate is concave, convex or flat. Curved and complex substrates become real metal with ease.  Many of the substrates we coat couldn’t otherwise be created in metal at all.  Or if they could be created out of sheet metal they would be extremely expensive and very heavy.

Liquid Metal Curves are a feature of the Harrods escalators

The beautiful bank of escalators at Harrods was created using a Metalier coating in a specially created colour we’ve called champagne gold.  It was also created using our unique water-based coating.  The bulkheads of the elevators are curved with feature grooves.  Quite frankly this would be a nightmare to create in sheet metal.

Liquid metal curves can be convex or concave

I confess that I always have to check which is concave and which is convex.   Concave curves inward like a bath and convex bulges outwards.  Metalier has coated a bath in high-polished classic gold – you can see it in the Projects-Objects section of the main website.  It is more common to coat convex articles – scotia, light-fittings, cherubs, statues, bowls, portholes, Dr Gloom and even gumboots and shoes.

Liquid metal goes round corners

As well as being a star in the curves department, Metalier liquid metal can also be applied to corners and edges.  In homes and apartments it is ideal for cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms and for statement front doors.  For offices, shops, bars and hotels it is ideal for reception counters, bar fronts, elevator doors and surrounds, bed heads and feature columns.

There is no limit to where you can use Metalier liquid metal coatings and there are so many colour options and textures and effects to choose from that every application is unique and bespoke.

There are 10 (or 11) reasons why you should choose Metalier liquid metal and we’ve listed them all here.  For more information you can email us, telephone us or complete the form below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Metalier liquid metal leaf in brass and life

Cold liquid metal - cold & seamless

Cold liquid metal

Being cold is an essential character of Metalier cold liquid metal.  It's essential for a number of reasons.  You can read all the reasons for choosing Metalier liquid metal here.

Because it's cold, Metalier liquid metal can be sprayed on the most unlikely of surfaces including polystyrene.  It can be sprayed through lace fabric and on to delicate substrates that would be destroyed by a hot or molten process.  This is one of the features that gives Metalier its versatility.  The leaves in the pattern in the picture would have been destroyed if a hot process had been used.

Smooth surfaces

If a smooth surface is required Metalier liquid metal is sprayed using conventional cold-spray equipment.  If you want a textured finish, you mix the metals and binder together and then trowel or pour it onto the substrate.  Whether the mixture can be poured or not depends on how thick it is.  And thickness is governed by the type of texture you are creating.  A heavier texture will require a thicker mix.

Moulds

In addition our liquid metal can be moulded.  As you might imagine, cold-casting is much faster and much less expensive than foundry metal.  It's also a lot less dangerous to work with and - surprise - you don't get hot working with it.

Metalier liquid metal finishes when cured are cold to the touch.  They are cold just as sheet metal or foundry metal is cold to the touch.  If you have any doubt that you are touching a real metal coating - give it the touch test.  If it's cold it will be genuine.  If it's not, it will be paint.

Seamless

Another essential feature of Metalier is that it is seamless - that means application is not limited by the size of the substrate sheet.  In fact - no limitation is at the heart of liquid metal coating.  You can create virtually anything on virtually any substrate of virtually any size.  What more could you want?

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Liquid Metal Signs | Metalier Coatings

Liquid Metal Signs tick all the Metalier Boxes

Liquid Metal signs are one of the best ways to use all the design possibilities of Metalier Coatings.  Also using Metalier Coatings for signage means you reap all the benefits that Metalier offers – not just for signwriters but for all Metalier specifiers.

Look at this list:

First:  there is the huge number of metals and metal colour combinations that allow talented sign-writers’ design muses to run wild.  You can match a metal to a customer’s brand colours or think up a whole new metal colour by mixing and playing with the basic metal range.

Second:  you can texture, patina and rust signs for a unique and different look.

Third:  Metalier liquid metal signs can be a fraction of the weight of the same sign in sheet or solid metal.  Suitable substrates include acrylic and plastic.  A light-weight sign means less stress on a building, less bracing and it’s a whole heap easier to install too.

Fourth:  Metalier liquid metal goes round curves – think rounded lettering and graphic designs.  There is just no limit to what you can do.

Fifth:  Metalier liquid metal follows the indentations of the substrate.  This means that you can router a logo in a reception desk, for example.  The face of your business is this subtly reflected and reinforced.  Create a wall of logos in a reception area.  You can cut a design into the substrate or have it standing proud.

Sixth:  Metalier liquid metal signs are cost-effective.  It is much quicker, easier and cheaper to cut a sign from plastic or acrylic than it is to cut one from sheet metal.

It’s not only sign-writers who can benefit from the signage possibilities offered by Metalier Coatings.  Architects and designers can incorporate the design features of this flexible form of signage into the very heart of their designs.  We can help you win awards too.  This rust sign won a Signage award in New Zealand.

We’d love to help you create beautiful signs.  Contact us:

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In the UK

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In Vietnam

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Kitchen Design Ideas

Kitchen Design ideas from Shane George, along with many of our other favourite designers, really float our boat. And when the designer says he loves working with our product we’re in Metalier heaven.

Shane from Kitchens by Design specializes in kitchens and bathrooms. These are areas where Metalier can add that extra little something that lifts the design from the special to the spectacular. It was so spectacular in the kitchen pictured that Shane won first prize in the 2017 TIDA awards in NZ. In this kitchen Metalier Smoky Bronze has been used in the upper-level cupboards above the scullery/pantry area. It’s also been used on a range-hood installed above the hobs. We like the way the metal really finishes off the area and compliments the colour-ways of the smoky glass doors.

One of the advantages of working with a bespoke product like Metalier is that every finish will be unique. There is no danger of seeing your kitchen design ideas copied – your kitchen or bathroom will be unique to you. The individuality you will achieve is partly because there are so many metals and so many other options – patinas, waxes and textures.

At Metalier we work with designers and architects to fill their visions. It’s great fun to be able to show-off how much we can do. We also have some pretty handy ideas ourselves which we love sharing so if you want to know what’s possible in kitchen design ideas or anything else for that matter, contact one of our international distribution partners:

Granlyn in the UK

M2 in North America

Andrew in Russia

Yani in Brunei

Clay in Australia

 at HQ in Auckland NZ or our South Island distributor here.


unique decorative ideas

Unique decorative ideas with liquid metal

Unique decorative ideas are the life-blood of Metalier Coatings.

Unique decorative ideas can being with the substrate. And it is certainly true that we apply cold-spray metal coatings to a vast array of substrates. But it’s how we do it that makes us unique. And we can make your home, office, shop or hotel unique too.

The unique decorative idea featured in the picture on this blog page was created by one of our senior technicians in New Zealand, Michael. Michael doesn’t just apply Metalier metals – he can’t stop himself designing and creating with them. It’s almost irresistible as the options are so many and varied.

We love the red and the aluminium together. The sunburst pattern could be developed with any of our 20 metal colours or a new one. The underlying colour can be any dye colour or another metal. And the pattern can be any size. One great big sunburst on the front door of a home or store, board room or hotel doors would be stunning. It could also be an amazing bed headboard or a splashback. Or a work of art.

Michael is one of many talented creators around the world. Our teams in the UK, in the USA and India all bring their own unique decorative ideas for colour mixes, textures and patterns to the table. What this means is that you, the customer, can have a finish that’s special and unique to you. While we are very good dreaming up our own ideas, we’re also very good at making your ideas a reality too.

So for something different and stunning, contact us:

UK here
USA here
India & MENA here
NZ Head quarters and other applicators here

Or contact us we’ll direct your inquiry to the correct person.