FAQ’s

MATERIALS

Corrosion/Rust:

Mild steel starts as a dark blue/grey and will rust, if left untreated.

Aluminium is silver in colour and does not rust, and will stay shiny.

Weight:

3mm Aluminium roughly weighs ½  as much as 2mm mild steel.

Material Cost:

Aluminium is slightly more expensive than mild steel.

Generally it only takes a few days in the rain or some dewy mornings for our mild steel products to rust up nicely in the garden. We generally send our product unrusted so that our customers have the option to paint them and/or watch them rust in the garden.

Composition:

Mild steel is mainly composed of iron and a small amount of carbon.

Corten, also known as Designer Rust Plate while also made up of iron and carbon, is an alloy steel with additional elements such as copper. This gives Corten steel its unique self-protecting properties, meaning it will only rust to a certain point.

Corrosion/Rust:

Corten will rust to orange patina in the early days before darkening to an orange-brown hue. Mild steel will rust straight away to the darker orange brown colour. After a few months both materials once rusted look incredibly similar and can be hard to tell apart.

The main benefit of Corten is that it will develop its unique layer of rust on the surface, which effectively acts as a protective barrier that prevents the steel itself from corroding, this means that Corten has an extremely long life span compared to mild steel.

If planning to put your piece outside & if you are located in area near salt water or with a lot rainfall/dew, Corten will be more enduring than Mild Steel.

Material Cost:

Corten steel is significantly more expensive than mild steel.

It really depends on your personal taste and how & where you are using it.

We are always happy to give advice, depending on your personal requirements.

We will work collaboratively with you by asking the right questions to work to make sure you have a long lasting, quality product that you can enjoy for many years.

Yes, for many years! We use high quality finished for our coloured products, so it will last for a long time no matter where you put it.

Our Powdercoated products should last between 15 to 25 years before they start to fade.

The Vinyl we use to decorate our garden stakes is the same vinyl used to wrap cars. The vinyl should last at least 7 - 10 years before fading starts. We have a red poppy which has been sitting outside since January 2020 and is still bright and vibrant!

Keeping products out of direct sunlight will make the colour last longer. Due to the make up of colours, cooler tones will generally last longer than warmer ones: i.e black & blue will last longer than red, orange and yellow.

Mild steel – Yes

Corten Steel - Yes

Aluminium – No

CUSTOM DESIGNS

Yes!  Not only do we do custom work, but we specialize in it!

We can create designs from photos or rough sketches and will work with you to create a personalized, unique metal product that brings joy.

Before we cut anything, we will send you a preview of your design to make sure you are happy with it. If changes are needed, we can adjust the design and then send you another preview.

Depending on our work load and the complexity of the piece, custom designs usually take between 4 – 10 weeks.

Many of our custom work is given as gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, farewells or as a thank you. So if there is a particular date you need it by, just let us know!

Contact us directly for more information and/or a quote.

Our standard sheet come in 2.4m long by 1.2 m wide and if necessary, we can get sheets 3 m long by 1.5m high in some materials. If your design is bigger than that we can do it, we will just need to discreetly join it together.

We can cut any material that conducts electricity.

This includes:

  • Aluminium
  • Brass
  • Checker/Chequer plate
  • Copper
  • Corten Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Mild Steel
  • Stainless Steel

We can cut designs in any of the above materials in sheets 0.5mm thick to 12mm thick.  We can cut thicker material upon request.

ORDERING & SHIPPING

We aim to process your order within 1-2 business days (Monday-Friday) of receiving it, but please allow up to 7 business days. Once your order is ready, we send you an email letting you know it is ready for pick up or, if being posted, include the tracking number from Australia Post so you can see where your parcel is.

If you have selected a product that is freight only, we will let you know the delivery time as well as the price.

Personalized Products, such as Surnames signs will take a little longer and we will email you a preview for approval before we cut your order.

We accept Google pay, Apple Pay, After Pay, Pay Pal and all major types of debit/credit cards including American Express. If needed we can also do Bank Transfers. If you come to our physical store, you can pay via cash or card.

THE BUSINESS

South Aussies! Everything from the design to manufacture is all done right here in Tailem Bend, South Australia.

We use Australian Made Steel and the Powdercoating is done locally here in S.A.

Absolutely! We work hard to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle whatever we can.

REDUCE:

We try and use every piece of metal we can, so we have as little scrap as possible.

REUSE:

We reuse cardboard to package our online orders.

RECYCLE:

Whatever metal scrap we do have, we separate out and recycle at our local depot. Our office also proudly shreds and recycles any paper waste.

All the time!  To date we have worked with and supplied metal artwork to 16 different RSL sub branches, 16 different schools ,plus numerous other community groups, across Australia. We have also done work for 8 councils, creating public art for their districts, ranging from signs to bin covers, wall art to free standing pieces.

Many of these groups have purchased our work through the use of grants, with us supplying a quote and photos of our work so they can be successful.

Contact us directly for more information and/or a quote for your group or school.

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