Wrought Iron Cabinet Hardware

Written by Krystin Spellman
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For cabinetry with a more hand-made look, many people choose to use wrought iron hardware and accessories. While wrought iron may not be the most durable of materials, many people are drawn to the rustic look and feel of it. Wrought iron provides a medium for many artists, so if you are looking for handmade, one of a kind items, wrought iron is a good place to start.

Because wrought iron has the propensity to rust over time, make sure to choose a durable lacquer or finish when selecting hardware made of this material. Some may choose to pursue the darker traditional look, letting the true color of the iron shine through with the aid of a protective coating. Others may opt for a color lacquer, with will also protect the metal against damaging moisture.

History of Wrought Iron

Decorative hinges are easy find when seeking out this particular material, largely due to the history of the material itself. There are actually three types metal that are classified as wrought iron, yet only two of these materials are actually true iron. Charcoal iron was the original version of wrought iron, and was the metal of choice for blacksmiths before the eighteenth century.

During the nineteenth century, technology was made to improve the strength and malleability of iron, whereby puddle iron was created. When you come across genuine antique wrought iron hardware, it is most likely made of puddle iron. Because the consistency of this iron was easier to control, more decorative accents could be included within the hinge and handle design.

Finally, most new wrought iron hardware is actually made of mild steel, as it has recently replaced puddle iron in the hardware industry. While this material does tend to be stronger than traditional wrought iron, it also tends to corrode and has a shorter life span. However, despite this shortfall, mild steel's strength and consistency has given wrought iron hardware a broader range of options in style and design.


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