What are the maps made out of?
Each Terra Mano map is hand-crafted cast bronze. This is the same high quality metal that has been used for thousands of years. We choose heavy weight bronze because the feel and look is amazing with the detail of a landscape.
Can the bronze maps be hung?
Yes, the maps are light enough to be hung by the string & holes method. View the images of the product you're interested in to see the rear for hanging
How are your products made?
We utilize a wide range of technologies to make our products. First, elevation data is pulled from open & commercial sources. Next, we 3D print an exact replica positive model via a high quality and very detailed 3D printer. From there we make a master mold to be cast in. Finally, we perform a technique called "Lost Wax Casting" to create each individual unit.
What is 3D printing?
3D printing (a form of additive manufacturing) is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. Check out our favorite video on 3D printing here.
How are your products cast?
Our products are cast via the "Lost Wax" method. Lost-wax process method of metal casting in which a molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by means of a wax model. It is used to make everything from jewelry, sculptures, tools, to awesome 3D maps of your favorite locations.
I want a map of a certain place, but you don't have it.
We add new maps to our stock every month. Consider subscribing to our newsletter to receive email updates on when new maps launch. Consider following us on Instagram, when new maps launch they are posted there as well. Finally, consider ordering a custom map. We'll get right to making a brand new map of any location in the world, just for you.
Where are your products made?
All of our products are made in the USA.
Why does bronze tarnish and rust?
A Bronze alloys contain copper. When bronze oxidizes (comes in contact with water and oxygen) or “rusts”, the process causes the bronze to turn in a green color. You may recall the Statue of Liberty is green – due to oxidation.
If you have ever been to historical parks such as Monument Avenue, in Richmond VA or NYC’s avenues of art, you’ll see that the bronze sculptures, of famous American soldiers, mascots, and even some fountains, are green. Other monuments are rich brownish bronze. The difference between the two finishes is whether the park has decided to preserve the bronze with wax, or let it go natural (“verdigris”).
How can I let my bronze naturally turn verdigris?
Placing your mascot or statue outdoors will naturally cause it to turn green, verd or verdigris (green patina). Many people find this antique patina of green desirable, and may want to quickly customize their bronze using a tinted finish.
How long does bronze last?
Almost forever! Archaeologists are still discovering Greek and Roman bronze from the Mediterranean Sea, dating thousands of years ago. These artifacts are still in good and identifiable condition.
How can I repair damage or scratches to my bronze?
For minor touch ups to your bronze art, refinishing kits, metal chemical patinas, and color-solvent dyes are available on the Internet (search under “bronze refinishing kits”).