Author Archives: byrnesurfaces

About byrnesurfaces

conserver and repairer of historic surfaces

Felt Floats

When I could not find a felt float for sale in the UK I decided to make some. What’s a felt float for? Compacting and smoothing fine lime plaster, especially my JB Lime Finishing Plaster but any fine stuff really … Continue reading

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Lime wash colour matching

Occasionally an interesting job comes along; in this instance just a little limewash order but the colour had to match a rather bright green nylon fabric, the colour is close to a bright green apple. It was certainly not within … Continue reading

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paintings

using Earthborne white Clay paint and mixing with three earth pigments harvested from the local seacliffs, these paintings depict coastal and estuary scenes around Appledore. Paintings are 1000 mm x 600 mm on canvas.

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renovation of our lounge

The walls were still lime plaster, some on masonry and some on lath but all were painted with purple emulsion. They were pitted, some of the top coat of plaster was pealing off and the walls had been chased for … Continue reading

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The 1:3 ratio

http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/mythmix/mythmix.htm This article by Gerard Lynch was published in 2007. It’s been ten years and still the ready mixed lime mortar producers haven’t fully taken it on board. The most enlightening statement for me is this: “under analysis, the majority … Continue reading

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stamped plaster update

It took about half an hour, but I thought it would be nice to add some colour – only water colour but the lime is so smooth and paper like it took the paint easily. an alternative technique to carefully … Continue reading

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Stamped plaster work

Stamped plaster work. Initial trials of stamping lime plaster with wooden blocks using an innovative plaster recipe. The plaster can be used as an ultra fine lime finishing plaster which can be applied 3-4mm thick and simply trowelled smooth but … Continue reading

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