Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Sincere Metal Works is located at 214 Arlington Street, Chelsea, MA 02150.
We are a 5 minute drive from Boston, right over the Tobin Bridge, and easily accessible by train via the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line (departing North Station). Please contact us if you need more specific directions or any tips on driving in Boston.
What are your hours?
Shop hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 – 4:00. We are often here late and/or on the weekends, so please let us know if we can accommodate your schedule. It is always preferable if you call first to make an appointment before stopping by.
How do I get an estimate?
We can provide estimates via email based on drawings and/or photos with dimensions. The more accurate and detailed the better, so we can see all potential intricacies and challenges. Any changes or refinements to the piece after an estimate is given will be reviewed and the estimate will be subject to revision. We are also more than happy to look at your piece in person! Please schedule a time to come in for a consult.
What’s your turnaround time?
Turnaround time is completely dependent on the magnitude and complexity of the job, what we already have in house, and what’s in the queue. Generally: for pedestal size pieces, mold and casting would be roughly 6 – 8 weeks. For larger pieces (such as a life-sized adult figure), mold and casting would be roughly 3 – 5 months. Small and simple fabrication work can be turned around in roughly 1 week, where larger and more complex jobs could be several months. We will gladly provide a more specific timeframe for your job when it comes in.
What materials do you work with?
We work with most castable materials, specializing in non-ferrous metals. Castable materials include: plaster, resin, plastic, concrete, chocolate, etc. Non-ferrous metals include: silicon bronze, other bronze/brass alloys, copper, and aluminum. We can also work with cast and ductile iron. We have the ability to fabricate in steel, stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum, and bronze. It would be impossible to list every option here… if you have something alternative in mind it’s always worth asking! We will gladly work with you, or help point you in the right direction.
What can my original be made of?
We can take a mold off of almost anything! This includes, but is certainly not limited to: plaster, oil-based clay (plasticine), water-based clay, wood, metal, plastic, and human flesh. It is important we know what the original material is so we can choose the most suitable molding materials. We can also directly burn out organic matter, negating the need for a rubber mold. These options could include: fabric and yarn (100% cotton, wool, or silk), food, wood, flowers, etc.
Do you offer enlargements?
We do not enlarge pieces in house, but we partner with several companies that offer both “old school” enlargements and scanning/3D printing. Please get in touch with us so we can help identify the most effective solution for your project.
Am I allowed to come in and check the progress of my piece?
Absolutely! It’s your art…we’re just producing it. We encourage clients to come in at different stages such as wax, metal fit-up, and patina, or as frequently as they like. We love visitors, especially when they bring baked goods and/or dogs.
I need help designing a piece, where do I start?
We have extensive experience designing projects to be aesthetically beautiful, functional, and practical. We will gladly assist in designing whatever you need and seeing it through to fruition. It all starts with a simple conversation…!
I want a sculpture made but don’t want to sculpt it, what are my options?
Along with the hundreds of local sculptors who are our clients, the staff at Sincere are all trained artists as well. Based on your project, we can put you in touch with someone who fits the genre and style you’re looking for. All you need is an idea; we’ve got the people to implement it!
Can you do repairs or restoration?
We do have the technical knowledge and ability to repair metal work, but there is a difference between “repair” and “restoration”. We are not trained conservators, and would not profess to offer such services. With that stipulation, we can conscientiously and properly repair your piece to its original beauty! If your needs are beyond the scope of what we do, we will gladly refer you to the appropriate people.
Will you do on-site work?
We have the ability to perform work on site. In general, it is much easier (therefore cheaper) if your piece can be brought to our shop, however we understand this is sometimes impractical. On-site services could include: mold making, cleaning, repair, re-patina. Please contact us with your specific needs and we will work together outlining the best approach.
Do you offer tours of the foundry?
Yes! We love showing off our shop and processes. Please call or email to schedule a tour.
Do you make lettered plaques?
Yes! We have a couple different options based on your specific project. Please call or email to discuss, and we’ll figure out the right option to fit your needs.
Do you make bases for sculpture?
We do not make wood or stone bases in house, but we partner with many companies who can produce whatever you need. Please let us know what you’re looking for!
Are you hiring?
We love to hear from fellow foundry folk looking for work. Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected].
Have a question not listed here?
Great! We like questions, the stranger the better, and we’ve yet to be stumped. Please do not hesitate to call or email!
Chelsea, MA 02150