SURFACE DESIGN - INGREDIENTS
The Ingredients we use are critical to the quality, beauty and durability of our Stucco.
Our mixtures are fine grade, high quality - mixed, nurtured and measured by hand, with love.
Lime is the most important ingredient in a marmorino finish. It acts as the binder.
We use three types of lime: natural hydraulic lime for base layers, Marrakesh lime for tadelakt and grassello di calce - aged lime putty - for marmorino finishes and buon fresco.
Marble dusts in various grades, from very coarse sand to fine flour, act as the aggregate in marmorino finishes.
Coloured marble dust is employed in very old techniques such as marmorino veneziano.
We pigment our stucco by grinding natural earths and oxides.
The subtle hues produced using these natural pigments is completely different and vastly superior to those produced using synthetic colours.
Oils are added to marmorino for two reasons: linseed oil is added to improve the working characteristics of the material; while a variety of essential oils can be added to introduce fragrance.
Savon de Marseilles and black soap are the final treatments for both marmorino and tadelakt finishes.
The fresh lime and soap react to create a hydrophobic surface.
Glass has been traditionally used as an aggregate with lime plaster finishes since the earliest times.
Indian plasterers applied glass powder to the surface of wet chaum.
It can be used exclusively or as an additive to marmorino to introduce interest.
Colours that work especially well are Egyptian blue and green frit.
Mica, is a mineral with a lamellar (gill-like) shape. It forms glistening scales which are added, in various grades, to marmorino to introduce a highly effective yet subtle sparkle.
It is not immediately apparent, but with appropriate lighting it becomes visible and adds an extra dimension to the finish.
SURFACE DESIGN - TECHNIQUE
Technique is a fascinating and rewarding aspect of our work.
We use techniques developed by artisans over thousands of years as well as developing our own brand new TOP SECRET ways of working with the medium. It's what makes working with Stucco exciting and surprising. And fun.
Every one of our finishes is developed from scratch in our studio, refined and purified until it meets our exacting standards.
Marmorino can be smooth without being glossy or textured and raised. Smooth Marmorino is produced with techniques such as 'carrara marmorino' or 'marmorino liscio'.
It can have a gorgeous mother of pearl appearace or a more brutal highly metallic look
Stucco lustro (glossy stucco) takes in a number of techniques and finishes, such as spatolato Veneziano, encausto, grassello lucido and marmorino lucido.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Sketching design for raised relief work.
FREEHAND RAISED RELIEF
Presented here are a selection of shots of various projects at various stages, to help give an insight to our approach.
HOW WE WORK
WE LOVE STUCCO.
We really try to pour our heart and soul into the creative process to bring something exciting, beautiful
and durable into the world. Our passion is very much part of the palette we bring to each new client.
Taking a project from nascence to permanence is a progressive, fascinating thing.
Examine the process that assembles these dreams, from pigment to plaster.