Fabricating Fontana

Fabricating Fontana

The Fontana Chandelier was inspired by an antique fixture we spotted years ago.  The design of the frame was deceptively complicated, and after many attempts to sketch it, we finally were able to capture its essence by making a cardboard model.  We handed the model off to the metal shop to use as a pattern, and they translated it into steel.

Cardboard model of Fontana Chandelier  Raw prototype of Fontana Chandelier

Once the prototype frame arrived, we finalized our choice of bobeche and candle size, then off it went to be wired.  We decided to show in it our Venetian silver leaf finish, so the next step was to the paint studio for leafing.  We use real silver leaf for this finish, and then tarnish it with a mild acid solution.  We then give it with one coat of lacquer in the spray booth before adding some paint glaze to enhance the finish.

Fontana Chandelier being silver leafed  Fontana Chandelier in spray booth

The paint studio handed the finished frame off to the final assembly area where we figured out the bead scheme details.  We decided to apply strands of hand-strung round facet cut beads to the arms, and added rock crystal pendants to the two tiers of metal sprays.  Finally, we added a rock crystal ball to the bottom to balance out the whole.

Beading Fontana Chandelier  Detail of Beading Fontana Chandelier

The last stop through the studio for any new product is our photography area.  A not so glamorous place we refer to as “the black hole”, it’s our opportunity to photograph the new fixture to its best advantage before it leaves to make its debut in our New York showroom.

Fontana Chandelier in photo area  Fontana Chandelier with rock crystal pendants