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In the medieval and early modern periods in particular, Monumental Brasses were popular forms of monuments or memorials used to cover the tombs of those buried inside churches. A Monumental Brass, is engraved on sheets of metal inlaid in matrices cut into the stone; they have been made in England from the thirteenth century to the present day. Monumental Brasses were designed in a range of styles reflecting the general trends in art of their period. They can be studied from a variety of perspectives, including the artistic context and iconography of the monuments and the life, dress styles, improvements in armour, self-image and religious beliefs of those commemorated.
BRASS RUBBING became popular in the middle of the last century. The problem was that so many people became interested in Brass Rubbing that there was concern about damage to the original brasses. At this point, a group of young "modern Materials" students learned the art of making perfect mouldings from brasses so that they could safely be rubbed without the risk of damaging the original church brasses. These guys also created perfect formulas for Brass Rubbing Paper and Brass Rubbing Wax, which were ideally suited to the process of brass rubbing. All of the products created by this group of hippies are all now sold by White Winds.
What does a Brass Rubbing look like?
Well, if you get to be REALLY proficient at it (as the ladies at the now defunct Westminster Brass Rubbing centre were), then you could produce something like this. A piece like this one would have taken many hours of patient work, and a very thorough knowledge of the pieces. For most of us though, producing a good rubbing in a single colour is reasonably simple if you take your time and work with care.
How do I do a brass rubbing?
1) Choose a brass : There are many wonderful brasses to be found in Churches around Britain, but White Winds can also supply the largest range of FACSIMILE BRASSES anywhere in the world.
A word about your choice of Brass Rubbing paper. Black paper is rather more forgiving of errors than white paper. With even the best erasers, a smudge will probably show up on White paper, which would have been 'hidden' by black paper. Unless you are very proficient, we suggest always using black paper. (Either way, White Winds sells a special eraser that works very well with Brass Rubbing wax). While you can use ordinary paper, a special paper was developed specifically for the purpose of brass rubbing, and we suggest that you use this as it is finer and stronger, allowing better definition without the risk of tearing. We have a very limited supply of rolls of white Brass Rubbing paper, and once it is gone, there will never be any more. (Our manufacturer makes five tons at a time, and while we the sale of black paper justifies this, the sale of white does not, so we will not be making any more white paper).
A WORD ABOUT BRASS RUBBING WAX: The basis for our wax is 'Candelilla' which is made from a plant called the 'Slipper plant', which grows in Northern Mexico. this same wax is used in many cosmetics (in place of wax derived from whales). Our wax is non-toxic, (although we would not advocate eating it), and is therefore quite safe to use. Brass Rubbing Wax is much harder than waxes that you might be used to, (candle wax or wax crayons for example), and is therefore much better for rubbing over lines on the surface of the brass, without flowing into the hollow.
In addition to the Brass Rubbing materials, White Winds also offers a wide range of quality Gift items. We hope that everyone will be able to find that special little treat for themselves, and a Gift for someone else, whether it be a Birthday, a Special Occasion or Christmas gift, somewhere in our range.
We have a wonderful range of pieces created by the renowned British Artist, David Lawrence, including his magnificent Green Man wall plaques, Cabinet pieces and Cats Wall Plaques. Please follow this link to see the full range of David Lawrence products.
David's fine sculptures are reproduced for us in bonded resin, such that the pieces have the exact look and feel of the original Cotswold Stone, Terracotta, Marble or Bronze in which the pieces are finished. This makes them eminently suitable for display either inside or outside, since they will suffer no ill effects from the ravages of the elements.
In addition, we have a range of Celtic Cross wall plaques, finished in Brass on a wooden background.
And finally, if you are looking for a really special gift; something that will be appreciated by anybody and everybody, have a look at our Sealing Wax sets!
In these days of text messages and emails, who could fail to be delighted with this beautiful sealing wax set in its black velveteen case. The seal itself is in the form of a lion rampant, holding a shield, with the seal letter underneath him. We can supply wax in a variety of colours, and the sets are available in most commonly used initials. Please click on the image to see the Sealing wax sets.
No one seems too sure how it came about, but White Winds offers a range of Essential oils (in 5cl, 10cl and 50cl sizes), Carrier oils (in 100cl, 250cl and 500cl sizes) and hand thrown pottery oil burners.
We have not listed the full range of oils on the internet, because of the number of permutations of oils and sizes, but, should you be interested in seeing a price list, please contact us by phone, email, fax or snail mail and we will be delighted to send you the full price list. To see our range of oil burners, please click on the image.
Our Herbal Heat Pad is the perfect way of soothing away all those day-to-day aches and pains that are the seemingly inevitable side effect of life in the 21st century. Place it in a Microwave oven for two minutes, then lay it on the area that ails you and relax as it's stored heat, and wonderful herbal aroma wash through you. We know it works, because we use them ourselves! Every day! Click on the image to see the Herbal Heat pad.
Whatever it is that you are looking for, please follow the link to White Winds! many thanks for visiting our "home" site. We hope you find what you are looking for. HAPPY SHOPPING!
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