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  • 11 decorative plates that talk art

    Looking for the best way to give your wall or kitchen decor a stylish, charming accent with decorative plates or decorative bowls? Here are some of the most perfect plates for your interior designs.

    1 - Flat Plate by Beachcrest Home - $1,222.50

    The Flat Plate is manufactured in Italy, incorporating a traditional style and going for an abstract theme which goes well if there are other abstract elements in the interior. The plate has an oval shape and is made from Murano glass with a red color with shades of orange.

    2 - Abyss Plate by Cyan Designs - $810.00

    With an oval based design rather than going for the orthodox round shape, the theme is abstract and the material used is a spectacularly high-grade glass. The color is a sort of blue with a bit of transparency. Manufactured in China, The Abyss Plate can prove to be a nice addition to interior design if used correctly. It doesn’t come with the stand and is best suitable for indoors.

    3 - Malachite Flat Plate by Global Views - $747.50

    With a beautiful pattern applied by hand, the fused glass flat plate has striking pieces that are just as beautiful as decorative accents or as serving pieces. This plate fits rather well  into the Greek Key Plate Stand. The Malachite Flat Plate is a part of the Malachite Collection which itself is a luxury to have. It is food safe. The stand, however, is sold separately.

    4 - Seascape Decorative Plate by Cyan Design - $740.00

    Made in China, The Seascape Decorative Plate has an Oval design. Using high-grade glass, it has an abstract theme. It doesn’t come with its own stand. The color is deep-blue with a bit of transparency.

    5 - Chrysanthemum Charger by Global Views - $722.50

    Going for a round shape and with a theme of nature, incorporating a contemporary style and using ceramic material. The Chrysanthemum Charger, with its gold color with matte finish, is manufactured in China; outdoor use; dust with a dry cloth

    6 - Beachcomber Plate by Cyan Design - $672.50

    Made in  China, It has an amazing Sky Blue color, using high-grade glass, incorporating an abstract theme, going for a Coastal feel. It is an excellent choice for an interior decorative plate.

    7 - Shibori Charger by Global Views - $622.50

    Made in Portugal, incorporating a contemporary style and going for an abstract theme. The plate has a round shape and is made from glass with a yellow/grey color.

    8 - Three Dreams Decorative Plate by Cyan Design - $522.50

    Made in China, incorporating an abstract style and going for an abstract theme as well. The plate has a diverse shape and is made from glass with a green/blue color.

    9 - Spark Charger by Global Views - $497.50

    Going for a holiday theme, made in Italy, incorporating an contemporary style, the plate has a diverse round and is made from glass with a nice blue color.

    10 - Art Glass Plate in Turquoise by Cyan Design - $497.50

    The Art Glass Plate is manufactured in China, incorporating a contemporary style and going for an holiday theme as well. The plate has an oval shape and is made from glass with a Turquoise color.

    11 - Swirl Round Canary Glass Charger by Latitude Run - $497.50

    Having an abstract theme, made in Italy, incorporating an contemporary style, the plate has a even round and is made from glass with a beautiful Canary color.

     

  • How to Paint Wood-Paneling

    Sometimes in life you meet someone and you two instantly click, and before you know it both of you are at the altar saying “I do”. This is something everybody goes through and I’m pretty sure you have too; after that you two wanted kids, you tried and now you two are expecting. Thankfully you had made enough money in your life that you can afford a nice house for you and your family, you could buy a house. You had a really great offer but the only thing that’s off putting is the wood paneling that looks like its straight out of the 1970s, of course it can be worked on so you take the house and now want to work on fixing that little problem. This is how you paint your wooden panels:

    Cleaning:

    Start by cleaning the wooden panels with a damp rag. This will remove any dirt or dust as well as remove any oil or grease, though for maximum effect use some sort of cleaner along with it.

    Putty:

    Next up you apply the putty and fill any small holes and imperfections that are on the surface. Allow this to dry and then proceed to the next step.

    Sanding:

    Sand the paneling with 100 grit sandpaper using a pole sander, sanding block, or orbital sander. This will take the sheen off the finish, which will allow the paint to adhere to it better. Don't get carried away and sand the surface down to the bare wood -- just enough to rough up the existing finish. Do the same to wood trims in additions to wooden panels, just use a hand sander. Clean the walls with a damp cloth when completed.

    Protection:

    Cover the floor with drop cloths, and mask any areas you wish to protect with painter's tape.

    Roller selection:

    Use a roller with a medium nap to paint the paneling. It should have a long enough nap to fill the vertical grooves in the paneling, but short enough to leave a smooth surface.

    Primer and paint:

    You can’t just go ahead and apply paint to the wood, that will be very sloppy work indeed. You need to prime it first with a latex stain blocking primer; once the primer has dried, topcoat it with two coats of latex wall paint.

    Repeat for Trim:

    Prime the trim with a primer. Topcoat the trim using either oil or latex enamel as desired.

     

    That is the end for a step by step walkthrough on how to paint wood paneling. To paint wooden panels requires a lot of time and energy, but the end result looks great. And compared to the alternative it requires the least effort, I.e removing the wall completely and putting in a drywall. In any case, you now know enough to take care of any paint jobs on wooden panels you may possibly have. If you’re not really confident about it, you can always hire a professional.

  • New Twist on an Old Dresser with decorative aluminum sheet

    Let’s face it, no one wants to be that person who’s out of fashion. So we make great efforts to stay in style, we buy the latest clothes, accessories, some even buy electronic gadgets out of fashion, we even style our homes to be more fashionable. We would buy the style of couch that is popular these days, for example, if striped drapes were out of fashion and floral drapes were in, we’d go for the floral drapes, right? I thought so too. Now, we make tremendous amounts of effort decorating the living room, the kitchen, even the bathroom, but the bedroom gets a little less attention compared to the rest. Despite that, we do try to make our bedrooms as stylish as possible, and like the name suggests, the main focus is the bed. But let me tell you something else, other than the obvious, one of the main components of a bedroom is the dresser. If your dresser is old then all your décor and styling would be for nothing, but what you can do is put a new twist on an old dresser with a decorative aluminum sheet.

    You can get all kinds of aluminum sheets for this purpose. There are the patterned versions available, plain versions, etc. Once you have acquired a few sheets, then the creative bit starts. In case you picked out the patterned version, then depending on the color of the dresser you can match up and stick a sheet on a drawer. Now color coding is very important in making the decision over here, you cannot stick a shiny aluminum sheet on a dark brown wooden dresser. Not unless you want to stick that piece out like a sore thumb. But if that dresser was in a brighter color, then a patterned aluminum sheet would have matched quite well.

    Now for the plain aluminum sheet. As we have done patterned sheets with colorful dressers, now for something more plain. So lets say the dresser in question is of dark brown color, just like we have previously discussed. But it doesn’t match with the rest of the décor and looks too plain as compared to rest of the bedroom. How do we turn this around? Take a plain aluminum sheet, and apply it around the borders of the drawers. In a way you will be accenting the whole piece, and that will give it a whole new touch to the thing.

    Of course if you have a creative mind then the possibilities are endless, but these were just to get you started on the designs. The rest will come to you as you experiment along the way. But remember only one thing before you dive in head first, it all has to make sense. If it makes sense, it looks good then it ok. Otherwise, it’ll stick out like sore thumb and that is bad.

  • Aluminum Composite Material

    Over the years in the history of humanity we have progressed a lot, gone are the days when we used to live in huts in villages and used carts for transportation; it is the time when we live advanced cities, concrete metropolises and advanced cars. I used that example to make my point much understandable, during that advancement and even now a thing that is most sought after are materials which are durable and tough yet light at the same time. As humans are progressing and advancing, they need such materials. Such materials would have numerous applications, in construction of buildings, automobiles, etc. We have a few materials and one of the best of these materials is an Aluminum Composite Material.

    What is an ACM Panel?

    Basically, two aluminum sheets bonded together by a Polyethylene sheet at its core. Aluminum is a well known material famous for its light weight, durability and strength. When such a metal is joined together with another aluminum sheet its properties are greater, but the addition of a polyethylene core in the middle increases its strength exponentially and makes it thicker. The two aluminum layers are now reinforced and insulated, with their bond nearly unbreakable.

    Uses:

    Aluminum Composite Panels are flexible, formable, compact and stable which allows them to be used in various applications but mostly they are used in architecture and designing. They are used in external and internal architectural cladding or partitions, false ceilings, signage, machine coverings, container constructions, etc. Most of the time you will find Aluminum Composite Material panels used in making signs which you can see outside stores and such, and that is due to the Aluminum Composite Material being weather proof in addition to being light and durable. As you can guess the signs are displayed in a place where they are subjected to a variety of environmental conditions, from rain to hail to sunshine to snow and what not. The properties of the Aluminum Composite Material make it able to withstand all that punishment. Now there are a lot of other materials available for the construction of sign boards, but ACM remains a favorite among manufacturers because when we come down to the cost of the materials involved aluminum and polyethylene is much cheaper. There are different thicknesses in which the material is available, but this thickness does not affect its final application.

    ACM Vs. other options:

    Even as we speak, there are newer materials being developed with lightness and durability being the main requirements. One such material already exists, and it is known as Carbon Fiber. It is a well known material and it is on the rise but while it is light and can take some punishment, the material is quite brittle. This where Aluminum Composite Material outshines because it is not brittle and it can withstand considerable amounts of onslaught. That is why in construction, architecture and signage, ACM panels are used and not carbon fiber or some other materials. Because of its light weight and the ability to take extensive amounts of punishment, so if you want to make a sign, you now know of the perfect material.

  • Aluminium Composite Panel Facades

    They say, “First impression is the last impression”. And the first impression about any building is formed by looking at its façade. The principal front of any building which faces open space or a street or main road is called its façade. So, it is imperative that utmost attention is paid while designing the façade of a new building or when rebuilding or renovating any building.

    Modern day architects and designers tend to design facades with stunning contemporary looks in addition to the regular features such as durability and ease of day-to-day maintenance. It is in this context that Aluminium Composite Panel Facades have gained immense popularity in the modern day world. Aluminium Composite Panel Facades easily meet the needs of all weather resistance, air deflection, structural load and uniform load deflection in addition to offering various other benefits.

    Use of Aluminium Composite Panels in designing facades leaves enough room for the architects to innovate and satisfy their natural instincts of aesthetics, beauty, functionality, economics and creativity. Aluminium Composite Panel Facades can be created by architects in hundreds of looks, colors and textures with absolutely fine finish. The potential is almost unlimited.

    Aluminium Composite Panels

    Aluminium Composite Panels are sandwiched panels where two skin-thin sheets of non-corrosive special grade Aluminium are bonded to a fire retardant mineral core or non-toxic polyethylene thermoplastic. It is a highly popular cladding material with a seamless finish for use in facades in modern buildings.

    Advantages of using Aluminium Composite Panels in Facades

    The advantages of using Aluminium Composite Panels in Facades in modern buildings are enumerated below:

    Economy – It is an economical cladding material in comparison to other options available.

    Strength – It is a very strong, durable and rigid material with the added advantage of being light weight.

    Ease in fixing – Its application procedure is easy and hassle free. Further, the material is available in standard sizes, the transportation of which to the site is easy.

    Stain and weather resistance – It is unbreakable, weather and stain resistant.

    Colors and finishes – It is available in multiple colors and finishes, including stone and wood finishes.

    A few drawbacks

    Aluminium Composite Panel Facades do have a few minor drawbacks as well. They are as under:

    Susceptibility to dents – During hurricanes and storms, these are susceptible to dents. However, a few manufacturers use special threads to reinforce the panels as a preventive measure against such dents.

    Careful sealing and water proofing of joints is imperative – This is important to prevent any water from leaking inside the panels.

    Notwithstanding the minor drawbacks mentioned above, Aluminium Composite Panel Facades are gaining more and more popularity with every passing day.

     

  • Factors to consider when choosing Aluminum Composite Panels

    As human race advances technologically, our lives become easier. That is true and we all realize that, but what we don’t realize is that with that ease come new challenges and one of them is the search for light and durable materials. Fortunately, years of extensive scientific research has given us the fruit of Aluminum Composite Panel. But what is this Aluminum Composite Panel?

    In essence, it consists of two aluminum sheets bonded together by a Polyethylene sheet, aluminum is a light material and in order to enhance its durability and rigidness it is joined together with another aluminum sheet and bonded together with a polyethylene sheet in the middle making one single sheet, creating a sandwich of sorts. This allows the material, called an Aluminum Composite Material, to retain its lightness and it becomes so strong that it is nearly impossible to break the bond between the layers. Here are some factors to consider when choosing Aluminum Composite Panels.

    Budget:

    A no brainer really, before making any kind of purchase make sure that you have the necessary funds to make that purchase. This is a golden rule, and ACP panels are no exception to the rule.

    Weather Condition:

    Second of all, you have to keep in mind the kind of weather conditions these panels will be exposed to. As they are mostly used outside, this is important. As there are many different types of ACP Panels available, purchase one keeping this information in mind. Get the opinion of someone who has experience with them and their maintenance. Ask for help at the place you’ll be getting them from.

    Design:

    This one is pretty obvious as well, you have to keep into account if the design of the panels matches with the place you’re putting them at. Prior to hiring professional assistance it is important to determine the style you want to achieve. You need to plan the design you want in the interior and exterior section of the residence. As you shop for styles, you will discover many types to choose from.

    Provider:

    And finally we come to the provider, the people or the person you’re going to get your panels from. This is as important as the rest of the steps, if not more. Because choose the wrong service provider and this will cost you dearly. For the best results it is important to find a reliable service provider to undertake the job for you. The right provider possesses a valid insurance and has been in the business of fixing panels for many years. Their quality services can be confirmed through customer reviews and referrals. The service provider will be able to take up the challenge in order to manage the design as well as the installation stages.

  • Aluminum Composite Panel Installation

    Aluminum Composite Panel is a panel made of two aluminum sheets which are thin and which are bonded to a non-aluminum core. They are mainly used in architecture for both external and internal partitions. They are also used for signage and insulation. The core should not be flammable as it can cause problems as a building material.

    The Panels are produced in a broad range of non-metallic and metallic colors and patterns that liken other materials such as marble and wood. Polyethylene which is a material of low density is commonly used as the core.

    Aluminum Composite Panel installation guideline

    • Use VHT Tape which has two sides for effective installation. This is because these tapes eliminate the needs of using screws and rivets. They also make a smooth, clean appearance.
    • Ensure 55cm2 of VHB tape/kilogram is be used for static dead load support. Also, factor in the wind Loads if you are going to use these panels externally.
    • Surface coat the metals with paint and primers to alter their service energy. In so doing, you will have done an adhesion and surface preparation.
    • Ensure the tape width is the approximate size to allow transfer of wind load on the composite panel to the building structure.
    • Determine the tape width which is appropriate for perimeter bonded panels. This will ensure that you have the exact width tape for permanent loads-dead load holding.
    • Calculate the amount of possible thermal joint movement due to differences in thermal expansion between the metal frame and the panel. This will ensure that you have the exact tape thickness and provision for movement.
    • Establish an appropriate work area free from dirt, dust, etc. This is because the tape will bond strongly to the surface it contacts.
    • Maintain the temperature of the working place at 15oc.

    Installation process

    • Prepare the surface properly by ensuring no contaminant at all even fingerprints.
    • Handle the tape at the edges and apply it to the prepared surface aligned with the edge then apply pressure to it to ensure proper surface contact.
    • Install the panel in one weeks’ time.
    • Push the panel on to tape and make sure it is in contact with the tacky tape surface which is exposed.
    • Apply final pressure to all the bond area of the panel.
    • Apply silicone sealant around the panels’ entire perimeter. It acts as weather sealant and protects the VHB tape from cleaning agents which are potentially aggressive.

     

     

     

  • How to Recolor Aluminum Composite Panels

    One of the most asked questions to manufacturers of Aluminum Composite panels is whether their panels come in many colors and whether there is a possibility of re-coloring them. It is an important question though to every consumer of such products.

    To recolor panels is just an easy straight forward affair that does not require any great master skill. Aluminum Composite Panels have two common methods of re-coloring. These are spray painting and flood coat in sign vinyl.

    The quickest way of changing the color of these panels is laminating the aluminum in sign vinyl. The quality of the final product after spray painting depends on your patience, skill, and effort that you dedicate to the work. Either way, you can choose the method that you prefer. Below we are going to discuss the spray painting method of re-coloring Aluminum Composite Panels

    Spray Painting

    • Place the Aluminum panel on rubber or mat to prevent its surface from been scratched in a place away from direct sunlight. The place must be well ventilated too.
    • Clean the aluminum surface thoroughly with soap and water. This is to remove the grime and grease.
    • Use an 180 to 220 grit sandpaper to polish the surface of the aluminum.
    • Use a plastic container to mix the primer components
    • Use a filter funnel to filter the mixed primer into the paint can of the spray gun.
    • Ensure to protect yourself before you begin spraying. Wear protective eyewear to protect your eyes then apply etch primer to the surface of the aluminum using the paint spray gun. Etching primers are not used to fill scratches, but they create an adhesion surface on the aluminum metal surface.
    • Choose the color you prefer. Ensure the paint nozzle is perpendicular and about 10 to 13 inches to the surface of the aluminum.
    • All through, adjust the equipment as you would and perform a spray test. To ensure even application of the paint, move in along straight strokes while applying the paint.
    • To protect the aluminum composite panel from weather variations, finish the work with a coat of paint enamel.
    • When spraying the paint, always paint a thin layer first and where needed add additional layers later. This is because a heavy coat of paint peels easily when dry and it may dry unevenly.
  • Applications and advantages of fireproof aluminum panels

    Aluminum has become very popular in the construction industry because of its lightness and corrosion resistant properties. Aluminum does not burn and hence the fireproof aluminum panels have attracted the attention of all major industries.

    We shall look at some advantages and applications of fireproof aluminum panels during the course of this article.

    The biggest advantage of using aluminum alloys in the construction industry is that they can resist huge fires. Aluminum alloys can melt at temperatures exceeding 650oC. However, they do not release harmful gasses that pollute the atmosphere. In addition, you can recycle aluminum products. This proves the economic viability of using fireproof aluminum panels.

    These fireproof aluminum panels are corrosion free. They have a special quality whereby they form a protective oxide layer over the surface. This oxide layer protects these panels from rust and corrosion. Hence, these fireproof aluminum panels have great use in constructions in areas having excessive humidity. Such areas can include bridges, offshore projects, swimming pool roofs, and hydraulic structures.

    Another advantage of these panels is that they are extremely light. Transportation of these fireproof aluminum panels is easy. Therefore, you can find a use for these panels in construction of sewage crane bridges and moving bridges.

    Aluminum is renowned for its versatility. Molding them in any shape is possible. On one hand, you have huge structures having aluminum as its main construction material. On the other hand, you have thin aluminum foils for preserving perishable items such as food.

    Aluminum is a great conductor of electricity. It is significantly lighter than copper. Therefore, you can have more wires for the same weight. The electrical transmission towers today use aluminum structures instead of copper fittings. The fireproof qualities of aluminum play a great hand in this choice.

    Aluminum does not require much maintenance. Hence, it has use in construction of structures having special purposes like antennas and lighting towers.

    Aluminum has a very special quality. Recycling aluminum is easier in comparison with production of new aluminum from bauxite. There are no environmental hazards when you attempt to recycle aluminum. This makes it the favorite of the civil engineering fraternity.

    These fireproof panels have the quality of reflecting light and heat in good measure. Therefore, they have use in the interiors of modern buildings. This makes these panels conserve huge amounts of light energy. They can keep the cold out by preventing the heat inside the room from escaping.

    These were some of the advantages and applications of fireproof aluminum panels.

  • The qualities of Aluminum sheet metal

    The common quality among all metals is the ductility and malleability. This makes these metals very easy to use as wires and sheets. Aluminum is a very useful metal as far as the construction industry in concerned. We shall look at the features of aluminum sheet metal as compared to its contemporaries such as steel.

    Utility wise, steel is more in use than aluminum is. However, recent trends have shown that the popularity and usage of aluminum are increasing. It is set to overtake steel in the very near future. This is because of the lightness and corrosion resistant qualities. Secondly, aluminum is abundantly available in the Earth’s crust. The cost of manufacturing aluminum from its bauxite ore is infinitely less than the cost of manufacturing stainless steel.

    On the durability front, aluminum and steel have proven the durability in equal measure. Both these metals can withstand extreme climatic changes. Aluminum is more economical and hence is more popular.

    You can mold aluminum into any shape and contour. You cannot talk about steel in similar terms. It depends on the nature of the alloy. However, as far as tensile strength is concerned, steel is equal to aluminum.

    Fabrication of aluminum is easy. You can subject aluminum sheet metal to various industrial processes such as drawing, pressing, cutting, lasers, machining, and grinding, etc. Welding of aluminum products is also easy. Casting of aluminum is easy in comparison to steel.

    Aluminum can withstand all weather. It can withstand extreme heat, cold, and heavy rains without any noticeable change in appearance and behavior. Aluminum has a special quality of forming a protective oxide layer thereby offering protection from rust and corrosion. Stainless steel does not rust but other iron alloys do.

    Aluminum is an excellent conductor of electricity. Hence, you find great use of aluminum sheet metal in the manufacturing of aluminum coils for the HVAC industry. Aluminum is a strong metal thereby proving its use in the construction of huge electrical transmission towers, etc.

    Aluminum is an environmentally friendly metal. It does not burn very easily. Even at temperatures exceeding 650oC, aluminum alloys do not release harmful gasses into the environment.

    We can sum up the qualities of aluminum as follows. The best quality of aluminum sheet metal is its lightness and economic viability. Strength and durability are additional qualities. Environmental friendliness and recyclability make this aluminum sheet metal a favorite of a number of industries.

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