The Delights And Perils Of Oil Rubbed Bronze Finishes

Bronze finishes provide consumers highly versatile colors for cabinet hardware. This range of finishes can be utilized on classic and contemporary hardware designs for your kitchen or bath. In recent years, oil rubbed bronze finishes, in particular, have become extremely popular for kitchen and bath accents like cabinet hardware.

The savvy consumer should know that many manufacturers provide even, smooth bronze finishes designated as ‘oil rubbed bronze’ that are actually plated bronze finishes. Plated bronze finishes can be gorgeous and are optimal for those seeking a warm but uniform look.

The color, indeed the very textured aspect of a real oil rubbed bronze finish is considered ‘living’ and spans black to a golden brown coloration over time. Those desiring such an authentic oil rubbed bronze finish should be aware that it will change as the oils in your hands ‘ripen’ the finish of your knobs and pulls. This diverse patina can add depth and texture to hardware accents.

We can compare the living aspect of oil rubbed bronze finishes to yarn dye lots when knitting or crocheting. It has been suggested that yarn be purchased from one dye lot to create a better looking garment. With oil rubbed bronze knobs and pulls, it is best to buy one or two extra items to carry your look into the future should a knob or pull have to be replaced or if additional cabinetry is added to your space.

We hope that this short article serves as a starting point for consumers to educate themselves on the range of bronze finishes and the pros and cons of uniform vs. living cabinet hardware finishes. Both purists who delight in the natural range of living finishes and those seeking consistency ought to clarify their selections with their hardware vendor and send inquiries to manufacturers directly if necessary.

Multimedia and Hardware Education

Multimedia studies is an interdisciplinary field of academics nowadays, which focuses on the understanding of technologies and cultural dimensions of linking traditional media sources with the newer versions of the same. Its scopes can be explained better if the term communication is blended with the visual part of it, or through the concept of communication design. This is because if communication refers to the need and practice of interaction with people around us so as to make sense of the world and to position ourselves in the widespread socio-cultural reality, designing is a science as well to create a plan or a norm, criteria or a custom, for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction in business and in society at large. In the complex digital environment around us today, such designing can be thus applied to all transactions that are possible between an individual and their environment and has become a powerful means of reaching out to the target audience. Also, it is such a learning which seeks to attract, inspire, create desires and motivate people to respond to messages, with the objective of creating an impact for the initiator, which can be either to build a brand, move sales, or for general humanitarian purposes.

Considering communication and designing together is a modern systems-based approach, a mixed discipline between design and information-development, concerned with media intervention such as printed, crafted, electronic media or presentations to communicate with people. Thus, the stream of multimedia studies involve a broad spectrum of visual communication, involving editing, typography, illustration, web design, animation, advertising, visual identity design, performing arts, copywriting and professional writing skills applied in the creative industries. Students of this stream learn to create visual messages and how well they could be broadcast to the world in new and meaningful ways. Students learn how to combine communication with art and technology through the disciplines involving how to design web pages, video games, animation, motion graphics and more. The various mediums to get a message across are advertising, graphic designing, industrial designing, information architecture, marketing, technical writing and so on, to become illustrators, graphic designers, web designers, advertising artists, animators, video editors or motion graphic artists, or even printmakers and conceptual artists.

In West Bengal the ‘Brainware University’ is the one of its kind, offering extremely job-oriented full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses in multimedia studies, and thus leading students of this generation to blend their imaginative thinking and their creative faculty to the technology of the day to meet the growing needs of the mass and media in multiple aspects.

The Basic Information of Small Hardware: Classification and Connotation

What is hardware? It is a general term which refers to metal tools used in the building and furniture. There are a lot of hardware products. They can be grouped into big hardware and small hardware. The former refers to steel materials, such as steel plate, steel bar, channel iron, flat iron. The later often refers to the following items, such as construction hardware, tin plate, iron wire, household hardware, and tools. According to its property and function, the hardware also can be grouped into eight classifications, namely steel material, non-iron metal material, mechanical parts, transmission equipment, auxiliary tool, work tool, construction hardware and household hardware.

Owing to the limited space and time, the article will mainly introduce the small hardware. It has a lot of varieties and specifications. It plays a very important role in the room decoration. Only through choosing the good hardware components can people use the decorating material safely and conveniently. At present, there are about hundreds of kinds of small hardware products in the market.

The small hardware products in the market can be classified as follow:

(a) Lock series: door lock, drawer lock, window lock, electric lock, lock body and so on.

(b) Handle series: drawer handle, door handle.

(c) Hardware for door and window: hinge, chain, bolt, floor spring, door close, patch fitting, plate, roller latch and so on.

(d) Small hardware door household decoration: flexible wheel, air pipe, stainless steel dustbin, metal hanging brace, curtain rod, hand ring, seal strip, clothes hook, clothes hanger and so on.

(e) Water and heating hardware: pipe, valve, floor drain, tape and so on.

(f) Small hardware for construction: iron pipe, stainless steel pipe, plastic pipe, nail, bolt, screw, glass holder, insulating tape, aluminum alloy ladder, product bracket and so on.

(g) Tools: steel saw, pincer, screw driver, measuring tape, drill and so on.

(h) Sanitary hardware: tap, shower, soap rack, rack, mirror, soap dispenser, hand dryer and so on.

(i) Kitchen hardware: sink, faucet, washer, cooker hood, gas stove, oven, water heater, pipeline, gas tank, sterilizer, rice cooker, hand blower, fridge and so on.

Because there are so many small hardware products in the market, it is very hard for people to select them. Here the author will tell you some tips about the selection of hardware products. First, people should choose the hardware products with reliable brand. Second, people should select the hinge or lock with good seal property. Third, people should choose the hardware with good appearance. When they select them, people should observe whether they have some defects.