Custom Express

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Ancestors have a solid background and track record in research, creative design, sourcing and UK manufacturing for the heritage and corporate sectors. The company has become uniquely placed to service these industries through its extensive knowledge and manufacturing capabilities.

We have been working with many heritage sites producing custom ranges and items for the past 29 years and are proud of our associations with The British Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, Victoria and Albert Museum, English Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, Westminster Abbey, House of Commons and numerous other heritage centres. Our factory has grown considerably over the years to enable us to manufacture a diverse range of products using different media which can be seen through this site but is really only limited to your imagination.

Our multitude of manufacturing processes include:

Laser Cutting - Laser cutting services cut parts from a wide variety of materials, ranging from plastics to organic materials to metals. From the most precise angles and corners to rounds of any radius, we are equipped to laser cut jobs of any size and volume. We’re fit to work large commercial production or small prototyping runs.

High Definition Resin Doming - Our cutting edge technology can seal your decal in an automotive grade coating that is crystal clear and very hard wearing. We combine the highest quality crystal clear resin with a print quality of up to 2400 x 1200 dpi.

Jewellery Design - We currently design and produce quality jewellery for The British Museum, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London,Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, The National Gallery and many others. Whilst we specialize in costume /fashion jewellery we are able to also offer Fine Silver and Gold jewellery design.

Lamination - Protect and preserve your print. Lamination also deepens & brightens colours and improves contrast.

Crushed Marble Resin Casting - Detailed casting used for making our SAC Chess Sets and any Statue or resin item.

Enamelling - Our cold enamel process offers the advantages of traditional enamelling without the need and expense of kiln Firing.

Dye Sublimation - A process to professionally and permanently apply an image into the surface of ceramics and other items.

Wiro Binding - for making notepads and calendars.

Lead Free Pewter Casting - Being able to cast almost any 3D model up to a maximum size of around 12cm.

Laser Engraving - We currently have 2 Trotec Speedy 300 precision machines, one fibre for metal and one C02 for organic material. We can handle laser engraving jobs on all scales, even large volume production.

Laser Marking - Our Laser Marking operation employs many different laser systems including CO2 and Fibre lasers to deliver the highest detail and quality available on nearly any material.

Micro Soldering - Our skilled craftsmen create items from different metals eg. cufflinks steel parts onto cast pewter decoration.

Gold Blocking - The traditional process of personalising stationery and leather goods, with metallic gold or silver foil.

Pad Printing - For personalising our Famous Goose Feather Pens.

Frame Making - We specialise in creative and innovative framing and can also decorate frames by hand.

Swarovski Crystal Gemming - For miniature replica crowns and jewellery.

High Definition Ink Jet Printing -  Perfect for Flexible magnets.

Hand Painting - for painting miniature crowns and chess sets.

Digital Printing - up to 300gms card for most packaging requirements.