Workshop

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Based in North Kent, our workshop team creates everything from the very best fibrous plaster cornices and bespoke fibrous plaster ceiling domes to unique decorative wall panel mouldings and ceiling roses. 

When the company is awarded a contract for fibrous plaster, GRG or Fibrocem, there are 3 potential requests.

 

The works could be:

  1. Fully bespoke

  2. Using Decorative & Ornamental Plastering’s moulds, or those from other fibrous plaster companies

  3. From an existing moulding already present in the property

 

Note: There are no patents currently applied to any moulds existing in the UK on company websites. There is a general understanding among all companies that we can use each other’s moulds.

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1.  BESPOKE MOULDINGS

 

Drawings of the mouldings would normally be provided by either the Architect or Designer. From these drawings the workshop manager would prepare working drawings of how he would propose to make the required finished product for site use. This would then be discussed with the Architect/Designer.

 

Once we have their approval, the workshop manager will start discussions with the workshop operative as to how he is proposing to complete manufacture of the product, Depending on the level of detail, it may be necessary to also employ a clay modeller to assist. Once this fine preparatory work has been completed, a model would be laid down to a maximum of 3 linear metres. 

 

The continuing process of ultimately making the moulding etc. can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

2.1 - FIBROUS PLASTER MOULDINGS FROM EXISTING MOULDS

 

A new cast can be produced from the mould we have. This mould is obviously a "reverse" of the cornice or moulding required. A generous layer of fine casting plaster (the firstings) is applied. When this process is semi set, more casting plaster is added and reinforced with both canvas and timber laths. Once this has set, the cast can be removed from the mould, cleaned up and sent to site for fixing.

 

2.2 - GRG MOULDINGS FROM EXISTING MOULDS

 

Process as above but introducing fibreglass matting in lieu of casting plaster. Timber laths will be required.

 

2.3 - FIBROCEM MOULDINGS FROM EXISTING MOULDS.

 

Process as B1 and B2 but introducing Fibrocem in lieu of casting plaster. Metal brackets may also be used to assist with fixing.

C - EXISTING MOULDINGS IN THE PROPERTY

 

Should we be required to supply and fix new mouldings from those existing on site, it would be necessary to take a squeeze (impression) from that moulding. This can be done, dependant on the style of the moulding, by using clay, casting plaster or rubber. Once completed on site the squeeze would then be returned to the workshop.

 

The continuing process of ultimately making the moulding etc. can be viewed by clicking on the links below.