Art takes many forms, in creation of art as well different materials will be used and as the day goes by new creations keep coming up. It is said that art is used to express some things that we can’t express through words. Ornamental iron work is basically architecture, a feature of iron that is used in decorations.
There are two types of iron metal that will be used in ornamental iron work namely wrought iron and cast iron. Wrought iron is pure and will be used for commercial purposes while cast iron is white, a very visible difference. In the past iron has been used in the making of utensils and even weapons. To have the two irons , there are different processes that are applied. Wrought iron is forged with the use of an anvil. Cast iron on the other hand is put into a furnace and stocked using different layers of coking iron and we end up with different molds. Wrought iron can also be done through a process hand.
The wrought iron done through this process is referred to as hand wrought iron. When iron is made this way it will have varying textures and designs as well. Real carbon is becoming rare to find and this has occasioned addition of mild steel to iron. With ready iron its easy to come up with different architectural designs. One customer will have different needs from another meaning the professional will be doing a lot of custom jobs.
All the customer needs to do is take the idea to the blacksmith on paper and the blacksmith will make it in iron. Some complex projects will be made in pieces which are then put together by way of welding. There some blacksmiths with exceptional skill such that they will di the designs and do the welding as well. When your artwork is broken or needs some repairs , the blacksmith will be the people to turn to.
Wrought iron and cast iron are not easy to work with because they tend to be very difficult metals. If your art has been delivered you will need to care for it especially if you will be putting it on display outside. Iron quality will determine that the quality of the art piece as well so make sure that you use the best iron. Ornamental iron work is a skill that you can get good at if you invest time and commitment in it.