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  1. 1. Cornice
  2. 2. Cornice <ul><li>When one hears the words cornice , one can easily imagine an elegantly crafted building made in the late 1800’s. What really is a cornice, and why was it so commonly used? A cornice is basically a form of horizontal decorating sculpture or moulding, it generally lies on the roof, doors, or windows. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cornice <ul><li>One of the main reasons why cornices were introduced was to ensure that the rainwater would not hit the walls of the building as this over time would create discoloring of the stone buildings. This style of architecture was most common in Greece, where most of the temples and significant buildings would have elaborately carved cornices. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cornice <ul><li>There were two methods of creating cornices back in the day, one easy and one not as easy. In the past, day sculptors and masons once had to hand-craft these wonderful pieces of art. A master craftsman and his team were often tasked with the intricate design of the cornices . They had a wide array of tools, ranging from massive chisels and mallets to small fined tipped pins for more precise detail. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cornice <ul><li>This form of masonry often took months if not years to achieve and became hard to maintain, both financially and labour wise. As the industrial revolution took place, the use of moulds and concrete eased the production of cornices . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cornice <ul><li>Man discovered that moulds could be intricately made, and concrete could be poured in order to finish the process. This allowed for easy production and mass production. The final product was then sanded down and given a few final touches. It did not take as long as it once did. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cornice <ul><li>Though in more modern architecture, the use of cornices have become much more scarce. There has been an increasing decline in the skill as there is not nearly as much demand as there used to be. Though the equipment has improved significantly, allowing a full set of cornice crowning to be produced within a matter of months as opposed to years of laborious work. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cornice <ul><li>Even though there is not a big demand for cornices , most countries around the world particularly in Europe, have the need to restore buildings and the like so the cornice industry is in need of a few master masons and sculptors to reconstruct old buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>A classic example of cornices would be found in buildings such as the Parthenon, The Coliseum and a wide array of European buildings and castles. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cornice <ul><li>25 Years experience in manufacture of bespoke architectural moulds. Call 01452 300071.  We perform  restoring and repairing of period features using traditional methods and materials.   </li></ul>
  10. 10. Plaster Mouldings <ul><li>If you are interested in finding out more about cornices , visit our website: </li></ul><ul><li>www. architecturalmoulding .co. uk </li></ul>