The NATURE7 range of ecological facing bricks from Vande Moortel are molded bricks using the Wasserstrich method. The NATURE7 range is produced using Vande Moortel’s ‘Hand-Made’ production technique which produces a strong brick with rich natural color variations. There are 14 color variations that can be combined to make a ‘personal mix’.
These bricks are an entirely natural product, made of alluvial clay from the Quaternary from the Scheldt Valley. The brick is formed in an un-sanded mold with the clay fired at at-least 1150 °C. The facing brick is a solid molded brick and has a homogeneous structure. It is free from lime and other inclusions and has at least one stretch and one head which are free from cracks and other aspects that negatively affect the overall appearance of the brickwork.
Vande Moortel’s ‘Hand-Made’ manufacturing process means that each brick is unique. Natural color variations are achieved through a reduced firing process with varying levels of oxygen. The burn marks on the bricks are achieved by manually scattering coals over the bricks during the firing process. This manual production process gives the bricks rough contours and faint stripe patterns.