Arclumen

Handcrafted Gifts In Oxford, Oxfordshire

  • About us:
    Arc Lumen only creates high quality unique items. These can be expressly made to your specific requirements or produced from a brief wish list. We do not make any identical production run type products. Each item is hand made using beautiful and/ or quirky materials. These materials are blended to deliver items that will stand out as bespoke pieces and offer a centrepiece or personal item to love and admire. Items can be small gifts, or larger more complex objects such as lights or furniture. We are a small company and everything we craft is made with care, attention to detail and an absolute commitment to the satisfaction of our customers.
    Design process:
    The design process begins with the basics and is guided by what you are looking for; a jewellery box, a light or something larger like a desk? If you have an object or item of memorabilia that you would like to incorporate into your piece then this can also be achieved. We would then discuss the style that you would like to see followed during the design and material selection stage. This can be anything from types of material, size of component parts, material finishes and light sources (for instance; if lights are to be incorporated into the object, is this for illumination or for an additional effect – such as flashing or coloured lighting).
    Bespoke additions:
    We can then drill down into the additional detail such as any hand carving required – for example dedications, personalised logos and messages. Other additions could include more functional aspects. Desks for instance could include integrated chargers, mains sockets, usb splitters, speakers and bluetooth/wifi integration. We believe that our creations should not only look fantastic but also have the functionality to really make them stand out.
    Personalised product additions:
    If you wish, Arc Lumen can hand carve your specified detail. From names, individual messages, personalised logos, artistic interpretations or any other information you may require. Carving is usually finished off with resin Inlace but other materials such as metal, acrylic or wood can be used.
    Project materials:
    Wood: Arc Lumen can supply all types of hard and softwood with myriad of colour finishes and forms. We usually try to incorporate the natural features of the wood to show the living organic material as grown. We believe that to overwork any piece of wood strips away its natural beauty and character. If you are looking for several items of the same type, such as a set of chairs that you would like to look the same; a more easily replicated finish and a more man-made material may be more appropriate.
    Metals: Arc Lumen can supply all types of metals with an array of finishes and forms. Metals can be altered in house to provide extra character, for instance, using reclaimed copper pipe for lighting projects where the copper has oxidised and tarnished. This can then be rubbed down and or polished to give different levels of patina.
    Glass & Acrylic: Custom cut glass is often used for shelving or worktop/sideboard surfaces where a robust area is needed for hot drinks for example. However, the type of finish achievable is limited with glass, so Arc Lumen prefers to use acrylic where possible. Acrylic is much more versatile and can be bought in many styles, shapes, and colours – from rods to sheets, transparent to solid and clear finishes. Acrylic also works very well with accent lighting and can act like a fibre optic cable if used in the right circumstances.
    Resin & Inlace: Inlace is typically used to highlight/fill any hand carving. This is then sanded down and polished; giving a completely flat surface on the wood. Resin is usually used to provide a toughened surface for any top that may have items placed upon it. Both resin and Inlace can be clear or have colour added to give different, and often spectacular finish effects. Resin can also have large solid items placed within the mix to preserve or highlight special finishes or items.
    Light Fittings/sources: Lighting is normally either LED or incandescent depending on the project function and style. Extra low voltage is usually used for safety reasons, however Arc Lumen are also able to supply items powered via 240 volt supplies. One half of the Arc Lumen partnership is a fully qualified, NAPIT registered electrician, so you can be assured that all lights and any other electrical items fully comply with UK regulations.
    Power and Data: Power and data supplies and interconnection can be incorporated into any items such as a desk or cabinet. From 13 amp sockets, USB supplies and data exchange cables, to - for instance - an integrated hard drive back up unit within a desk.

    Contact.
    Paul McKenzie
    Mob: 07855 309 670
    Email: arclumen@hotmail.co.uk

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