Frequently Asked Questions
Some frequently-asked questions about 1066 Creations products:
What are the ornaments made from?
Having used various materials in the past, I have settled on plain old concerete, which is of course, frost-proof, for all my products.
Do you do mail order?
How are they made?
I make an original model out of clay, or occasionally wood, then make a rubber mould and use this for casting. Some photos showing the progress of a Lewis Island chesspiece from lump of clay to finished latex mould can be seen here on my dedicated Lewis Chesspiece website.
Do you do one-off designs?
Yes! I can design and make models on a commission basis. Please contact me.
How do I hang the ornaments on my wall?
Wall-hanging pieces come with wire loops cast into the back. Ideally a rawl plug should be used for the screw with the heavier items.
Are the ornaments available in different colours?
Pieces are generally available in Natural (grey), Sandstone (cream), Terracotta (light red), Green (for the green men) and Brown for some other items.
What is the history behind the green man?
The origins of the Green Man (also known as Jack in the Green) lie in the pre-Christian worlds of the Celts and Ancient Greeks. The (usually male) head, face or mask is foliate - characterised by leaves or foliage - and a common decorative motif in churches and cathedrals. Many of the existing wood or stone carvings date from the 14th and 15th centuries.
The Green Man image can be both beautiful and sinister but usually it is taken to represent fertility, renewal and rebirth and is associated with Spring time.
The Jack in the Green festival held in Hastings (East Sussex) every May Day is a major event celebrating the Green Man and the triumph of Spring time over Winter.