Coordinating Set of Home Accessories

Early last winter as we were in the flurry of preparing for Craft + Design, one of our favorite local craft shows, a newlywed couple asked if we could make a coordinating set of items for their new home. They’d seen these items in our Etsy shop and on our social media, and it had set their wheels spinning imagining an address plaque, hall bench, and coat rack for the entrance of their house. What a dream it was for us to combine all our skills to create this special grouping!

Here you can see each of the pieces in progress in our studios. The bench and coat rack hooks are forged steel, with the seat and coat rack frame made from cherry wood. The mosaics are made from a variety of glass and ceramic.

Like many of our most successful projects, this couple gave us a few particulars to work with, and left the rest of the design up to us. They told us their colors, shared photos of the entrance to their home, and mentioned some of our work to which they were especially drawn. That balance of specifics and openness allows us as artisans the structure and freedom we need to create new and fresh custom work in our signature style.

Below are photos and details of each of the finished pieces in our studios. Johannah loves to photograph all our work in the metal studio. The west-facing side of the shop space is covered entirely in large, industrial-era windows allowing for the most beautiful filtered natural lighting.

Some things for the wall

A few recent projects designed to hang on the wall!

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Kyle created this custom wall sculpture as a retirement gift. The design is based on his Entangled wall series (you can see examples of this series here), customized for the line “steel sharpens steel,” an important guiding principle to the recipient of this piece.

Johannah created this address plaque for a local 1920s bungalow. She worked with the client to choose an Art Deco, Mission-style font and colors that go with the period and style of the house.

We’re always happy to work with folks to create one-of-a-kind items to fit their needs. Wondering if we can help with that special project? We’d love to hear from you! Send us a message or give us a call at 804-888-9778.

Custom Fireplace Tools

It's getting to be that time of year! What time is that you ask? Bonfire time!! It happens a little earlier down south, a little later up north. And then it reverses in the fall. Add that to our list of "odd facts we notice through online sales."

This fall we added to our custom fireplace tool offerings, expanding from our original monogram bonfire poker. You can now find both indoor and outdoor pokers as well as tongs in our all-metal Etsy shop, Lucia Metal Studios. Just want one of the tools? No problem! You'll find each tool listed individually as well as in a set.

The outdoor poker is 40" long and the tongs are 36" long. This set is designed to be used comfortably with an outdoor fire, usually a little bigger and hotter than an indoor fire.

Both pieces of the indoor set are 27" long. Modern indoor fireplaces tend to be fairly small and shallow. A smaller tool set fits the bill in this case.

A few detail and sample shots of the fireplace tools. We make our fireplace tools from hammered square bar with a looped handle for your initial. The end of the poker is traditionally forged-welded and includes a log hook

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We also currently have two forged fireplace screens available in this Etsy shop. They're in a free-standing style that will fit most fireplaces. They feature a riveted design with hammer textured edging. Handles at the top make them a breeze to move, while bracketed feet lend them stability.

Stop by the Handforged Fire Tools section of Lucia Metal Studios to see the entire collection all in one place!