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August 1, 2015

I like complex, interesting, and historically important food. You might call me a foodie. You might also be wondering what that has to do with metalworking. Well, recently we’ve had a customer bring in a couple of pieces of very specialized cooking equipment, and there...

February 1, 2015

Hello Progressive Bronze blog readers! It’s been some time since the last update, but we’ve been keeping busy. In this post I’m going to highlight a couple of brass statue repair projects we’ve had the chance to work on. Both of these were headed for auction when they...

August 1, 2014

I know what you’re thinking. A holiday post? In retort, I will say that December is a bad time to start thinking about having your menorah polished. We’ve had a couple folks recently who wanted to be absolutely sure they were ready and brought in their menorahs for pol...

July 1, 2014

Sometimes… or actually quite often, I find cool/fun/hilarious things on the internet. Only vary rarely, however, do they have anything to do with brass and bronze. Today was one of those rare occasions.

Back in 1992, the Australian government officially took their one a...

June 1, 2014

At Progressive Bronze, we have a lot of capabilities, and a lot of experience dealing with unique jobs. That is why we don’t like to say no to jobs, even though some can be toughies.

A customer recently brought in one of those toughies – a statue of a chariot in pieces....

May 1, 2014

Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone! In this post, I’d like to highlight some of Progressive Bronze’s custom manufacturing projects and capabilities.

We’ve already covered some custom manufacturing projects like these curtain rods, and now we’d like to cover some of the...

April 1, 2014

Previously, we featured a custom curtain rod job which was left unlacquered, so it would patina over time. Well, we had a couple of extras, so let’s check in on how they are aging.

For a refresher, here is what one of the rings looked like on its way out the door:

A...

March 1, 2014

We recently had the opportunity to refinish a number of sports trophies from St. Viator, a nearby Catholic school. There is some serious history in these, with the oldest dating back to the 1920s and the newest of the bunch coming from the 1950s. They are mostly for ba...

February 1, 2014

Here in Chicago, we are preparing for Thanksgiving and hope you are as well. Today I’d like to highlight a fireplace fender we recently refinished just in time to not want to use a fireplace.

With the number of wood-burning fireplaces dwindling and modernized designs, f...

January 1, 2014

Well, there’s been some copper coming through the shop lately, so I thought I’d give you a primer on pure copper. 

As we’ve covered before, copper is the main component of both brass and bronze. It’s an element in the transitional metals group, atomic number 29. The sym...

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