Arroyo Craftsman Metal Finishes, Glass and Mica Diffuser Options.

Arroyo Craftsman lighting and mailboxes are made to order items and available in a wide variety of finish, glass and mica options. Arroyo Craftsman is noted for their "Living Finishes" that will naturally oxidize over time. There are some powder coat metal finishes available as well. Glass and mica diffuser options include the ever popular Gold White Iridescent art glass to Amber Mica. It is important to not only select what you like or think will go with other items within proximity. But also what is appropriate for the product location.

It is important to note that finishes can vary greatly and appear differently between computer screens, tablet screens, and mobile devices. Many glass options are art glasses and will vary from sheet to sheet and from where in the sheet the glass is cut. Your finish selection may determine how long your items will take.

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Arroyo Craftsman BZ - Bronze Finish
This is by far the most popular Arroyo Craftsman metal finish. It tends to go best with other hardware with an oil rubbed bronze finish and goes well with any glass or mica option. The Bronze finish is a hand applied finish with some variation in its surface. It is essentially a very dark brown but can also appear a bit coolish in tone. The Bronze finish has a clear lacquer finish coating. Because of California EPA standards, Arroyo Craftsman uses a water-based lacquer. This will dissipate over time and the Bronze finish will develop some green patina typically around the frame's edges and corners. For outdoor installations, you can prolong the life of this finish with regular wiping down and applying either furniture paste wax, Pledge, or a stainless steel polish that has "some" silicone in its mix. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. This finish will not change if used indoors unless expossed to moisture.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman RC - Raw Copper Finish
A true "Living Finish", the Raw Copper metal finish is also a very popular metal finish, mostly for outdoor use. This is a very rustic finish and will change over time more than any other finish. Outdoors, this finish will develop a green patina just as copper gutters would. It can take many years however depending upon geographic location. When you first receive your Arroyo Craftsman lighting or mailbox in the Raw Copper finish, it will appear pinkish and streaky (see picture on right). This is normal. It will change quite a bit and darken typically within just a few weeks (see picture in center). It will become dark and patina. This finish should be handled with soft cloth gloves when installing. Fingerprints from the natural oils in the skin can stain the finish. This finish does not have any finish coating at all. Never use a chemical solvent or cleaner on this finish. This finish will not change much if used indoors unless expossed to moisture.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman VP - Verdigris Patina Finish
For those who like the appearance of a green patina but do not want to wait the many years it can take to oxidize naturally, then the Verdigris Patina finish may be a viable option. The Verdigris Patina metal finish is hand applied in multiple steps and can take many days to cure. The Verdigris Patina finish has a clear lacquer finish coating. Because of California EPA standards, Arroyo Craftsman uses a water-based lacquer. This will dissipate over time and the Verdigris Patina finish may darken somewhat. For outdoor installations, you can prolong the life of this finish with regular wiping down and applying either furniture paste wax, Pledge, or stainless steel polish that has "some" silicone in its mix. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. You can special order an Arroyo Craftsman product in this finish WITHOUT the clear lacquer coating, allowing the finish to oxidixe and change naturally.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman MB - Mission Brown Finish
The Mission Brown finish is the same finish as the BZ-Bronze finish BUT it does not have a clear lacquer finish coating. The Mission Brown finish is a hand applied finish with much variation in its surface. It can have a bit of a multi-color affect blending cooler tones with warmer tones. This finish is also a "Living Finish" and will change over time outdoors. Outdoors, it will become darker and develop a green patina around the frame's edges and corners. Never use a chemical solvent or cleaner on this finish. This finish will not change much when used indoors.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman BK - Satin Black Finish
The Satin Black metal finish is a durable powder coat paint finish. It is very even in appearance and will not change much. The Satin Black finish can bleach out a bit with prolonged exposure to the Sun giving it a matte surface. The Satin Black finish works well with any glass or mica diffuser option. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. It can be cleaned with water and mild dishwashing liquid.

Bronze Sample The example to the right is an Arroyo Craftsman Mailbox.

Arroyo Craftsman RB - Rustic Brown Finish
The Rustic Brown metal finish is a durable powder coat paint finish. It is somewhat even in appearance with some subtle texture and will not change much. The Rustic Brown finish has a speckled look with some brown, gray, and black specks. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. It can be cleaned with water and mild dishwashing liquid.

Bronze Sample The example to the right is an Arroyo Craftsman light fixture with Frosted glass diffuser.

Arroyo Craftsman G - Graphite Finish
The Graphite metal finish is a durable powder coat paint finish. It is somewhat even in appearance with some subtle texture and will not change much. The Graphite finish has a speckled look with some gray, and black specks. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. It can be cleaned with water and mild dishwashing liquid.

Bronze Sample The example to the right is an Arroyo Craftsman light fixture with Clear Seedy glass diffuser.

Arroyo Craftsman SL - Slate Finish
The Slate metal finish is a durable powder coat paint finish. It is somewhat even in appearance with some subtle pits in texture. It will not change. The Slate finish has a pitted look and is essentially gray/slate in tone. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. It can be cleaned with water and mild dishwashing liquid.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman AC - Antique Copper Finish
The Antique Copper metal finish is a multi-step process. It will have some darker areas puddled into corners and edges of the frame giving it an antiqued appearance. It has a clear lacquer coat finish. Because of California EPA standards, Arroyo Craftsman uses a water-based lacquer. This will dissipate over time if used outdoors. Because of this, Arroyo Craftsman recommends against using this finish for outdoor use. They will not warranty the product if installed outdoors. It is a beautiful finish for an indoor light fixture. There is an upcharge for this finish.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman AB - Antique Brass Finish
The Antique Brass metal finish is a multi-step process. It will have some darker areas puddled into corners and edges of the frame giving it an antiqued appearance. It has a clear lacquer coat finish. Because of California EPA standards, Arroyo Craftsman uses a water-based lacquer. This will dissipate over time if used outdoors. Because of this, Arroyo Craftsman recommends against using this finish for outdoor use. They will not warranty the product if installed outdoors. It is a beautiful finish for an indoor light fixture. There is an upcharge for this finish.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman P - Pewter Finish
The Pewter metal finish is a durable powder coat paint finish. It is somewhat even in appearance with some very subtle bumps in texture. It will not change. The Pewter finish is essentially a light gray color. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. It can be cleaned with water and mild dishwashing liquid. There is an upcharge for this finish.

Bronze Sample

Arroyo Craftsman N - Nickel Finish
The Nickel metal finish is a durable multi-step finish. It is even in appearance and very shiny. It will not change. The Nickel finish is similar to a chrome finish but a little warmer in tone. Never use a chemical solvent on this finish. It can be cleaned with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Arroyo Craftsman recommends against using this finish for outdoor use. They will not warranty the product if installed outdoors. The Nickel finish is not available in many of the lighting series' with sharp corners because it is repeadly buffed out. There is an upcharge for this finish.

Arroyo Craftsman GW - Gold White Iridescent Glass
The Gold White Iridescent glass is the most popular glass diffuser option. It provides a warm yellow-orange glow yet provides considerable light. The Gold White Iridescent glass is a true art glass and will have much variation. There is a bit of a rainbow iridescent quality to its surface which is more visible when the light is off than when the light is on. Although gold-white is the dominant colors, you can expect to see hints of pink, violet, orange, yellow, and white with distinct striations. What you will get depends upon the sheet in which the glass is cut from and the location of the cut on the sheet. Do not confuse this glass with the WO - White Opalescent glass (below). Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman WO - White Opalescent Glass
The White Opalescent glass is an opaque white art glass with quite a bit of striations. It has a lot of light emission, yet provides a lot of interest because of the variation. The White Opalescent glass is a great option for instances where you need a lot of light but desire a bit of variation. It is great for a bathroom or kitchen environment. It does not have an iridescent quality. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman OF - Off White Glass
The Off White Glass is a mostly opague glass with some striations throughout. It has the appearance of an antique white glass. Depending upon the light bulb type that is used, it "can" have a bit of a subtle greenish cast when the light is on. It is best to use a warm soft frosted light bulb with this glass. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman CR - Cream Glass
The Cream glass is a much darker version of the Off White glass but with much more yellow in it and it is a solid opague glass throughout. Because it is so opague, it can cut down on light emission a bit. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman TN - Tan Glass
The Tan glass is a very dark glass. Although it is mostly opague there are some striations throughout. Because it is so opague, it can cut down on light emission a bit. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman CS - Clear Seedy Glass
The Clear Seedy glass will provide the most amount of light emission of all the Arroyo Craftsman diffuser options. It is a clear glass with many tiny air bubbles throughout. You will see the light bulb through this glass so consider this when selecting a glass option. For example, if you plan on using an LED or CFL light bulb in the light fixture, be aware that it will show through. You can also see some of the internal components and construction of the light fixture. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman F - Frosted Glass
The Frosted glass provides quite a bit of light emission but with a soft appearance. It is a clear glass with an etched surface on the inside of the glass. Although you cannot see the light bulb through the glass, you can typically see a hot spot from the light bulb. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman RM - Rain Mist Glass
The Rain Mist glass provides quite a bit of light emission but has a heavy textural surface on the exterior of the glass. You can see the light bulb through the glass but is greatly obscured because of the Rain Mist texture. The Rain Mist glass tends to give the light fixture an outdoor fixture look so consider this when selecting a diffuser option. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman CLR - Clear Glass
For the maximum amount of illumination, the clear glass may be an option for you. Please keep in mind that you will "clearly" see the light bulb(s) and interior construction of the light fixture through this glass.

Arroyo Craftsman M - Amber Mica
The Amber mica is popular for applications where a low level of light is desired with a warm glow. The Amber mica tends to perform more as mood lighting rather than high illumination. Mica is a natural mineral that is mined, flaked, and adhered to a substrate material. Mica is NOT suitable for longterm outdoor use. So please do not select mica for an outdoor installation. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman AM - Almond Mica
The Almond mica is also popular for applications where a low level of light is desired with a warm glow. The Almond mica tends to perform more as mood lighting rather than high illumination. Mica is a natural mineral that is mined, flaked, and adhered to a substrate material. Mica is NOT suitable for longterm outdoor use. So please do not select mica for an outdoor installation. Sample to the left is a sample without illumination. Sample to the right is with illumination.

Arroyo Craftsman Combination Diffuser Options
Arroyo Craftsman offser some combination glass and mica diffuser options on some lighting fixture designs. This can allow more light illumination within the body of the light fixture and provide an accent detail in certain areas. Some of the light fixture designs that can accomodate combination diffusers are: Asheville series, Glasgow series, Artisan series, Etoile series, Saint Clair series, State Street series, and Yorktown series.

Arroyo Craftsman Franklin Series Diffuser Options
The Franklin series lighting is offered in 3 decorative glass panel options. The glass panels have patterns that are silk screened onto the surface of the glass. In addition, the entire glass panel has an etched surface (frosted).