The cornice moulding tool again

We have seen this tool before, in a blog from over six years ago  – A cornice mould

cornice mould snip 2

Today, we’ll take another look, from various angles.

Interior room designs change with the times – sometimes simple and sometimes ornate. In the 1970s, it was a fashionable DIY job to add polystyrene coving between the ceiling and the wall and to paint it so that it looked like plasterwork. Lengths of cornice moulding in various materials can still be purchased to conceal the join between the ceiling and the wall.

Going back to the early twentieth century, such a feature would have been much more elaborate and done by a professional plasterer. In the case of our tool, he was Mr Gye.

This cornice mould is a handmade, bespoke item, made to create the required stepped pattern feature.

cornice mould snip 1

The handle has been sanded smooth, for the comfort of the plasterer. It is attached to the  mould, which has been shaped to provide a central concave profile with a more  ornate stepped pattern at the wall and ceiling edges.

cornice mould snip 3

A sheet of lead has been carefully cut to the same pattern and nailed onto the mould. Our final picture gives a clear view of the shape of the cornice to be achieved.

cornice mould snip 4

To see such a tool in use, click on A cornice mould


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