String Lights for your outdoor shenanigans!

01.02.15

Filed In: Residential Lighting Tips,

Although I admit that the holidays have come only to pass, can we agree that there’s ALWAYS a reason to celebrate (something)? Check out Apartment Therapy’s breakdown of some of the best outdoor string lights you can get your hands on right now – just in time for that birthday, or this cookout, or that anniversary..if not just for the radiating ambiance floating orbs of light cast over a deep dark blue skyline create.

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REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet – Official Trailer

Filed In: Community,

We are proud to take part in Alex Eaves’ new documentary “REUSE! Because you can’t recycle the planet”, where he captures creative reusing across 48 states. Please watch the trailer below and follow the links for more information!

“In April of 2013, Reuse Pro Alex Eaves launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for his REUSE! Documentary project. That summer, Eaves and his various videographers traveled around the entire contiguous US, seeking out people in all 48 states (and DC) who were reusing in original ways. And to showcase his own work, Eaves set up pop up shops along the way for STAY VOCAL, his certified green reuse apparel brand. By documenting this in a unique edutainment experience, Eaves will broaden the awareness that reuse is a primary solution to our problem of increasing waste and diminishing resources. And he will show that reusing is not only more beneficial for people, planet, and wallet than recycling, but it’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s everywhere…”

 

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MOVING “NORTH” SALE

11.21.14

Filed In: Press,

BANNER darkThat’s right folks – four letters we haven’t said in a really, really long time. SALE!

We’re moving, so you’d better stop by our showroom starting DECEMBER 2ND for a chance to get an unprecedented deal on the fixtures you’ve always wanted. And, don’t forget you can always accessorize your existing pendants, linears, chandeliers, etc. with new and cool shades. Refining your style doesn’t have to burn a hole in your purses and wallets after all.

Linear 42″ Three Light Ceiling Fixture

This beautiful Triple Linear for example, is ready and waiting! Check out the specs HERE!

Already hooked up in the lighting department? all of our furniture and accessories will be on sale as well.

Zinc Retrofitted Woodworker’s Bench

This beautiful Zinc topped woodworker’s bench would look amazing in your space! Check it out HERE!

Try to stop in sooner rather than later to find exactly what you want – Before its gone for good!

We’ll see you soon! :)

#ThisIsVT

11.08.14

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Dig deep into Vermont and its people – see past maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s (although both really, really good things) and gain insight into the lives of those who inhabit our beautiful green mountain state. Featured, Tyler Vendituoli, one of our most inspired makers speaks on his personal frame of mind and processes in creating beautiful industrial-organic sculpture, along with a professional photographer and a local farmer.

 

 

#ThisIsVT (@ThisISVT) from Ken Millman on Vimeo.

Polishing By Hand

10.21.14

Filed In: Technical Information,

TAWCCLast time, I talked about the aspects of machine polishing, with compound and a powered buffing wheel.  This time, it is all about elbow grease and clean rags.  There are many different kinds of polish out on the market; we primarily use 3 different brands:  Nevr-Dull, Simichrome, and Wright’s.

 

Nevr-Dull is a cotton wadding that has been impregnated with a proprietary mixture of mineral spirits, pixie dust and eye of newt.  (Just kidding on the last two!)

Simichrome is a paste that has a fine abrasive in it, and therefore is more aggressive than Nevr-Dull.

Wright’s Copper Cream (they also have one for brass) does its thing mostly chemically, with less elbow grease required.

 

A required element in polishing is to make sure the item has no topcoat, such a lacquer or polyurethane;  hand polishing will not penetrate these and there will be no improvement to the finish.  If there is a topcoat, it must be removed using the appropriate method – we use a water base paint stripper here at CM&L.  A good way to tell if here is a topcoat is to use a small piece of Nevr-Dull and rub vigorously on a part of the object – if the Nevr-Dull turns black, it is removing the oxides (tarnish) on the material.  If it stays clean, there is some sort of coating on the surface.

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Nevr-Dull is probably the polish I use most – tear off a small piece of the wadding and rub vigorously on Great-Aunt Lobellia’s candlesticks.  The wadding will turn black and a oily film will be left on the surface.  Wipe this off with an old tee shirt that has been washed for generations and you will see a lovely polished gleam.

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Simichrome is called in when the front line troops can’t cut it.  It is a mildly abrasive paste, so it can cut through heavier oxide layers – just add muscle.  Cut out a 12” x 12” piece of that tee shirt, and dab a small amount of Simichrome on it.  Rub even more vigorously on Mother’s Revere Ware copper pan bottoms, and wipe down with a clean cotton cloth – I would suggest a separate cloth for application and removal.  When you are done, rinse thoroughly with water to remove all traces of the polish – otherwise a residue will form in all the tiny, inaccessible places.

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Wright’s Copper Cream has a sponge packed inside the container – dampen the sponge, wipe a small dollop of the polish on it, and start rubbing!  You should notice an immediate change in the appearance of the copper, as it lightens up as the oxides are removed.  Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, until Great-Grandfather Ebenezer’s copper boiler glows with warmth.

 

The reason I like hand polishing is that it removes the surface oxides, but does not bring forth a “new” metal finish.  With machine polishing, a very thin layer of metal is actually removed, revealing a new surface.  Hand polishing retains some of the patina and the age of the piece, without making it look brand new.  It is also easier to control the amount of oxides removed to obtain the look you want.