When it comes to the restoration of historical buildings, the main goal is to preserve the story as much as possible. The unique decorative markings and material colours all work together to re-tell the lives of those who have lived, worked and passed through these great buildings. And, for intricate details, rubber moulds provide a host of benefits. This blog will look at why they work so well in this application.
Maintain intricate detail
Over the years, the amount of detail found on a building was indicative of the wealth of its builder. Those who were higher up in society were able to build larger and more ornate properties, adorned with their own likeness or art pieces to impress passers-by. When working on any classical building, if there is a requirement for an architectural piece of cast stone featuring high levels of enrichment it is usual practice to put forward a silicon rubber as a material of choice. A mould-made in this material will strip easily and pick up every small detail needed.
Due to its flexibility and strength, a silicon mould will peel away from the precast item easily without damaging the precast item or indeed the mould itself as it will often be needed for further casts.
Flexibility of design
Rubber is one of the most flexible materials you can use to create a mould. And, for more detailed creations, there are a number of ways it can be used to recreate a design. Rubber moulds can be created by painting rubber on layer upon layer or it can be poured between the pattern and an outer case, this is known as a closed mould.
Here at 3D Pattern and Mould Makers Ltd, we pride ourselves in offering a selection of high-quality moulds for precast and cast stone manufacturers. Our dedicated team comprises everything from skilled pattern makers through to CAD programmers who can help you create exactly what your project requires. If you have any questions about rubber moulds or would like to discuss a restoration project with our team, contact us here today.