BlueMesaMetalArts

Custom Metal Art that brings your imagination to life

Montrose, Colorado

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Announcement    We do not carry a large inventory. We cater to you our Customer, for this reason, we usually cut orders as we receive them.

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Last updated on Dec 5, 2020

We do not carry a large inventory. We cater to you our Customer, for this reason, we usually cut orders as we receive them.

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About BlueMesaMetalArts

Sales 783
On Etsy since 2016

Our goal is to turn customers into lifelong friends.

Occasionally a customer will come in with a design or a piece they want duplicated, but the vast majority of our pieces are designed, cut, and finished in house. Although we can use a variety of metals in addition to steel, such as copper, stainless steel, and aluminum, as a general rule we choose to use hot roll sheet steel. The design will dictate the gauge (thickness), however, we prefer to use an eleven or twelve gauge steel, that is (1/8 inch thick) on art pieces. For other projects such as signage, decorative inserts for gates, walls, stair rail inserts, and gates, we use 3/16 to 1/4 inch steel. When working with steel the piece is always pickled to remove mill scale and then finished as per the customers wishes or what the design dictates.
We try and stay away from repetition and like to vary the type of pieces as well as the subject matter. We find that this keeps us interested and stirs our creative juices.
Blue Mesa Metal Arts use a variety of methods for cutting the piece, depending on the material, design, and effect we are looking for. With most of our pieces we begin by cutting the piece using a CNC (computer operated) plasma cutter. We prefer the CNC plasma cutter for a number of reasons, first, much more intricate cuts can be achieved with CNC machine than are possible by hand. Plasma makes a cleaner cut while at the same time produces less heat which tends to distort the metal. While performing our detail work we have been known to use most everything you could think of from a fingernail file to power grinders and sanders, cold chisels and hack saws, to cutting torches.
Once the piece is finished then unlike many of our competitors we always remove the mill scale from our pieces before finishing.
After all mill scale is removed, by pickling, the piece is finished as per Customer requirements. We offer any number of finishes. On stock pieces we use whatever fits the design best, the effect we want and the environment in which the piece will be displayed or used. If a piece is to be displayed or used indoors, we prefer using acrylics or alcohol inks with a good quality sealer. If the piece is to be displayed outdoors, then we prefer using automotive grade paints. These have been proven to be very durable paints. When you think about it an automobile finish is subjected to about as harsh environment as you can imagine, also they provide an endless array of colors.
On custom ordered pieces, we offer any number of finishes. The pieces can be shipped in a raw state, and with the raw finish the Customer can choose to paint or finish it themselves or let the piece rust naturally which will result in a rustic look. We can polish the metal, which provides a finish much like chrome. The letters can be powder coated, (extra cost) which gives a baked on type finish. The metal can also be stained chemically which provides a number of unique looks. The most popular finish is paint. If the finish is to be painted, then the piece is sealed with an automotive grade primer. Then sprayed with two coats of an automotive grade paint and then sealed with two coats automotive grade clear coat.
All of the pieces that are to be hung or mounted on a wall, come either predrilled or come with a hanger or mounting bracket on the back.

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Last updated on Jul 5, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Does BMMA do custom work?

Absolutely, actually the vast majority of our work has been custom work. We love a challenge. If you imagine it, BMMA can design and build it. Seriously, there is no job to small or too large. Makes no difference where you happen to be, we can work with you. With today's computers and internet even if you happen to be thousands of mile away we can work as closely with you as if you were next door.

From the initial meeting, conversation or E-mail we will work closely with you on your custom design. Each custom order is treated as if yours is the most important job in the shop. On the larger jobs one of us will be designated as the project leader and will be your contact person.

Where are you located?

We are located Montrose Colorado, in the foothills of the beautiful San Juan Mountains. The gateway to "Indian Country." If you happen to live in the area or are planning on visiting or passing through please take the time to come by and visit our gift shop. We love meeting our Customers. You may even be able to find a cup of coffee or a cold soda pop.

We are always working on something new, so we invite you to come by, see what we happen to be up to and visit our operation. We are easy to find, located at 3000 Aerotech Place. Just look for Old Glory flying proudly.

Can your pieces be displayed outdoors?

Depends we use whatever is best for the design, the effect we want, and the environment in which the piece will be displayed or used. If a piece is to be displayed or used indoors we prefer using acrylics or alcohol inks with a good quality sealer. If the piece is to be displayed outdoors then we prefer using automotive grade paints. These have been proven to be very durable paints. When you think about it an automobile finish is subjected to about as harsh environment as you can imagine. Plus they provide an endless array of colors. There is a limitless choice of finishes that we can choose from. This may be an epoxy finish, powder coat, polished metal, and we may use chemicals to achieve a desired look or finish