• New stock arriving, all the time

    Not a day goes past without a delivery of some sort arriving - not all are this size! As you can see, all our deliveries come in to our shop, Under the Sun, here in Southend, sometimes causing havoc on the pavement outside :)

    This does have at least one advantage though; customers driving past on the main road can see all the new stock arriving!5 pallet stock delivery to Purple Sunrise










    We receive regular deliveries by pallet each week but there are many more that arrive as just 2 or 3 boxes.

    Whatever, we do our best to reuse all the boxes & packaging. Some we give to customers moving house etc and more are used by our website sending out customer orders. Anything else is recycled of course!


  • What is cold cast bronze?

    What is a cold cast bronze? Most of the cold cast figures & ornaments on PurpleSunrise.com are bronze coloured - hence the name cold cast bronze!

    The technique used for making cold cast items involves coating the inside of a silicon mould with finely powdered metal (eg Bronze) and then filling the mould with a mixture of resin and calcite powder.

    When cured the cast is removed from the mould and what we have is a solid resin object with a thin outer coating of metal. The piece can then be polished like a conventional metal casting, or in some instances treated with chemicals to produce a genuine patina.

    Different kinds of resins and powders produce different finishes, and not only metal finishes, but also ivory, slate, stone and crystal clear can be produced, as well as an unlimited range of colours!

    The end result is a cold cast bronze item creates a piece of art which looks the part, at just a fraction of the cost of a solid bronze!

    WE have a number of high quality cold cast bronze items to buy on the website; have a look here!

    creating cold cast bronze - lining mould pouring metallic powder into mould to line the inside

    Pouring resin into metal lined mould Pouring resin into metal lined mould

    Removing cold cast product from mould Removing cold cast product from mould

    Finished product, before and after polishing Finished product, before and after polishing




  • Candles in the news ..

    An update from St Eval candle Co. As a Company we pride ourselves on sourcing the very best ingredients for all our products but safety is our utmost priority.  Whilst some of our fragrances contain Limonene we have no concerns with regard to its safety.  Please find below a response prepared by the British Candle Makers Federation in conjunction with our Fragrance Houses.

    British Candlemakers Federation



    "The recent TV program “Trust Me, I'm A Doctor” broadcast on Wednesday 13th January referred to the levels of limonene and formaldehyde in people’s homes. More specifically, it was implied that using candles and cleaning products with citrus fragrances increased the concentration of limonene. It was then proposed that through an unknown mechanism, this resulted in an increase in the concentration of formaldehyde. Limonene is a naturally occurring essential oil. The natural oil from orange peel contains 94% limonene. A typical citrus fragranced candle might contain 0.5% limonene, derived from pressed orange oil. If we take the conclusions of the program seriously, grating an orange or lemon is likely to be detrimental to health.

    In the program there was a link made between limonene and formaldehyde levels.  The BBC study was only carried out on 6 homes. All of the homes contained formaldehyde. This is because formaldehyde may come from many sources such as cooking, smoking, heating, consumer products and pressed wood furniture and building materials. In newer homes, the most significant sources are from the pressed wood e.g. laminate floors, chipboard etc.

    Absent from all of the above is any mention of safety limits. All chemicals, including water, are dangerous at too high a concentration. For example, coffee contains about a 1000 chemicals, about half of which can cause cancer at a high enough dose. Coffee (and other foods) are considered safe because the dosage of the chemicals is well below safety limits. There was no mention within the BBC study as to the safety limits of formaldehyde. In fact the levels of formaldehyde observed were within what are considered to be safe limits. This agrees with other studies that have found that scented candles are safe."

    Statement: http://www.britishcandles.org

  • If you're in Southend ..

    If you're in the Southend area then I'm sure you would have seen our Under the Sun sign written van whilst driving around town making deliveries. Underthe Sun delivery van

    We are of course based in Essex, our van is often out further afield, either making deliveries or visiting suppliers up and down the country. Leave a message if you have seen us on the road - we're quite a distinctive sight !!

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