Bespoke Wedding Stands

bespoke flower standsWe’ve just produced a set of 16 of these bespoke wedding flower stands for a customer in the midlands. The 6 horseshoes are TIG welded together from the back, and supported by a 75cm length of tube. The base is cut from 5mm steel so there is a decent weight to it, keeping the stand stable. Each floral art stand will sit at the centre of a table, forming a beautiful centrepiece. We’ve also produced a slightly larger pair of these wedding stands with an extra row of four horseshoes; these will be placed either side of the entrance. These flower stands are powder coated silver.

Bespoke Flower Stand Candelabra

Flower Stand PhotoA photo showing two of a set of bespoke flower stands we’ve made this week. This idea is that the central column will be filled with oasis and the display will work outwards from there. There are two candelabra platforms holding a total of 14 candle dishes; I can imagine these looking pretty spectacular when decorated. We put a lot of work in to them though and it almost seems a shame that the steel frame will be hidden!

Our customer had a pretty clear idea of what they were after, so we just needed to create a functioning final design for the stands and then make a prototype, which we did a few weeks ago. They loved the look of this first stand, and the only issue with it was the weight, as once it’s full of soaked oasis it will be very heavy. So in order to reduce this, we’ve cut the base from thinner steel, and cut holes in the platforms to try and save a little bit more as it all adds up. These still weigh a fair bit but are considerably lighter than the prototype so should be much easier to work with. Look forward to seeing photos of them decorated!

Contemporary Church Flower Stand

Church Floral Display Church Flower Stand

Great photos of our spiral flower stand insitu! The matt black powder coat finish gives this stand a smart, contemporary feel to it, while retaining the look of classic black ironwork. It has three 20 cm platforms, each with a rim; the top one is welded onto the box section upright, while the two on the side are removable, making this a really versatile stand. The 10mm square bar spiral sweeps around the platforms, drawing the eye over the whole piece. The base is cut from chunky 5 mm steel, so there’s a decent amount of weight at the bottom of the stand in order to keep it stable.

This display was done as part of a memorial service last weekend; I think they’ve done a fantastic job of it. Love how the bright colours contrast with the black metal, and the three tiers almost look to be floating.

These stands can be made to any size, though this one was 4’10”, in order for us to keep the final package under the 5ft limit for our regular courier. That’s the only problem with these stands – if I’m honest they are a bit of a nightmare to package!

Bespoke Flower Seat

Flower Seat Image

Here’s the Bespoke Flower Seat we made a couple of months ago for some local florists (see post on 16th June). Here they are sat on it, fully decorated. Looks amazing, we’re really impressed with what they’ve done with it – I think it looks very natural, and though we were very proud of the frame we made, you can’t tell it’s there at all!

Gold Medal at RHS Tatton

Flower Stand image Flower Stand image Flower stand imageHere’s the floral art stands we made last week with a Gold medal winning display decorating them!  If you look back to the previous post you’ll see the stands in plain steel, when we had just finished making them. So this was the RHS Tatton show, and there was some sort of carnival theme. Looks fantastic, congratulations to Verdure Floral design! Would have been good to have gone to the show so we could have seen the display in person..

And now we’ve got 7 more of these stands to make next week, as they’ll be used as part of a wedding display in early August.


Floral Art Stands

Stands Photo Flower Stands PhotoA set of floral art stands we’ve just finished in time for the RHS Tatton Show. We’ve never exhibited ourselves, but this will be the second year some of our metalwork has been a part of a florist’s display.

So the bases are made from 5 mm thick steel to keep the stands nice and stable, while the tops are only 2 mm; should be no issues with them over balancing or needing weights. The smaller ones were pretty straightforward but the larger one, being over 2 m tall, was quite difficult to get it completely straight due to the weight of the pole and the workshop floor being not at all flat.

And I have just been informed that, while writing this post and leaving the stands outside  to be cleaned, a large bird has just left its mark in the middle of one of them. I’m pretty sure I heard that was good luck?

Newport Show, Shropshire

Lake photo Stand Photo photo of stand Alpaca photoSome photos from this weekends agriculture show in Newport, Shropshire. It was held at the Chetwynd Deer Park, and was a beautiful, bright sunny day, making a nice change from our recent experience at the nearby Staffordshire County Showground. Had loads of interest and got a few good orders, so well worth coming out to. Also we didn’t forget any part of our stand or display, which is pretty rare for us! I think there were probably about 10 000 people there, and we were constantly busy pretty much all day, so didn’t really get chance to have a look around ourselves. I did manage to get a quick photo of some recently shaven Alpacas, and look at a group of adorable little baby ducklings. The stand next to ours was a lady selling ‘doggy fish fudge’ and ‘liver cakes’ – sounds absolutely disgusting but she seemed to have a crowd of dogs and their owners around her for much of the day so fair enough I suppose – glad she did well! Our stand also was opposite the schools marquee, who for some reason thought it was appropriate for their orchestra to play ‘In the bleak mid winter’ repeatedly thoughout the day…

So we came back into the workshop yesterday with a massive long list of designs to do, the most unusual of which is a very rare bird called a Spoonbilled Sandpiper. So I’m looking forward to spending a day in bed drawing and designing! We’ve also got loads of floral art stands to be getting on with, some for a church in Gloucestershire, but mostly for a florist exhibiting at the RHS Tatton show next week.

Black Fox Forge

Forgework ImageHere’s a prototype for a fire poker we’ve been working on this week.. the tight scroll is made from 12 mm round bar and fits perfectly in the hand so is ideal for its purpose. Its amazing how long a chunk of metal that size holds its heat!

Other than that we’ve been working on several bespoke swinging signs, all of which are being electroplated now. Hoping to get them back tomorrow so I can start painting the text on. Really look forward to seeing them finished and getting the new designs online! We’re also working on some large scale floral art stands for a wedding at the end of next week; they are nearly 2 metres high and will sit on the dinner tables, with strings of crystals and a floral display attached. We’re only doing a basic frame for them so would love to see photos of the finished pieces.

Contemporary Church Flower Stand

Floral Art Stand Church Flower StandWe’ve recently produced this bespoke flower stand for a church in Oldham. Its about 5 ft tall and has three platforms; the top one is welded on while the two on the sides are removable, with a decorative swirl in 10 mm bar framing the piece. Its quite a contemporary design, and because the two side platforms are removable, there’s so much potential for creating very different and varied displays. Here’s a couple of photos of how they have been using it so far..

Early this week we produced a 2 metre tall floral art stand for a florist in Salford Quays; basically a large square base, a long pole and a mesh top where the arrangement will sit. It was my first attempt at overhead TIG welding, which went surprisingly well. I found it very difficult keeping a steady hand when stood on a wobbling chair due to the not entirely flat ground of the workshop floor, but in the end it looked pretty neat and we were really pleased with the results.


RHS Tatton Silver Prize

Floral Art StandThis piece was designed & made by Fletcher & Foley, a florist in Sale Moor. It won the Silver prize at RHS Tatton this weekend. It’s based around the theme of the cotton industry in Manchester. We were commissioned to make the frame for it a couple of months ago. We used 25 mm box section so it’s really lightweight but strong – at the time our customer wasn’t sure how much weight it would need to hold, so we thought it’s better to be safe! The whole frame collapses for ease of transport, and the base and top, made from slightly smaller box section, simply slots back into the triangular end pieces to reassemble. The most difficult thing about making this bespoke floral art stand was getting the angles right where the triangles lean in; the customer wasn’t specific about it but we had to make sure both sides lean in to the same degree or it wouldn’t look right. Really pleased to be a part of the display that won the Silver prize at RHS Tatton, and a big congratulations to Fletcher and Foley for their design! There’s some more photos of the display on their blog; please follow the link above.