A royal hand-moulded facing brick
Nero is a hand-moulded facing brick from the X-treme range of Nelissen Brickworks. By the homogeneous mixture of manganese dioxide with red baking loam, Nelissen Brickworks obtains a reddish-brown brick with a purple shade. The subtle colour shades of these hand-moulded bricks vary from purple-brown to violet.
Nero is made from Löss from Limburg. Nelissen Brickworks extracts the brick from the plateau of Kesselt in the Meuse valley and revalues them with raw materials from the Volcanic Eifel. The non-perforated brick is covered with sand at five sides and provided with an oblong sloping groove on one flat side (frog, group 1). The structure of Nero looks rugged with fine and irregular grooves in the sandy surface.
The baking process is done in a gas-fired tunnel kiln under a slightly reducing atmosphere.