About DOOR KNOCKERS
Paquette Design started making a line of doorknockers in 2001. We went down the road of all the other competitors, draw up a design, make a model, use the sand casting method to produce a brass casting, polish it to death, shiny enough to reflect off the moon. The problem with sand casting is it contains a lot of gas and when it rises to the surface it creates what we call porosity (little holes in the surface). The more you polish the holes the bigger they get which wreaks havoc with quality and definition.
With all that said and done the housing market burst in 2008 and nobody was interested in adorning their front door if they still had one. We were forced into putting the program on the shelf. Over the last 2-3 years construction has been great and we started getting calls from some of our longstanding customers asking if we were going to produce again. It sounded like it makes a lot of sense, lots of new doors and re-molding needing a lot of new doorknockers.
It finally came to us; we have 42 years behind us making jewelry why don’t we make our doorknockers the same way. Instead of using sand casting, why not make them in large rubber molds and centrifugal casting machines. This process also allows us to use fine Pewter as a base rather than brass. Using Pewter triples the definition quality, the same way as in jewelry. To the best of our knowledge we are the only one utilizing this process.
The next stage is finishing the surface. We offer three distinct finishes. 1.) Antique Museum Gold, which is 24Kt gold, mixed with a light reddish bronze solution. 2.) Antique Brass 3.) Pewter Oxidation. All three finishes are antiqued and relieved by wheel. The protective top coat is an extremely durable matte clear baking epoxy that has excellent chemical resistance, hardness and adhesion.