What is Venetian Plaster?

Venetian Plaster is a Finishing technique using thin layers of plaster applied with a spatula or trowel and then burnished to create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture. “Venetian plaster” is American-made term to explain the variety of different techniques and materials used to create the polished stucco finish. The Term “Venetian Plaster” is common misconception.

The English word “plaster” comes from old French word “plaister” which literally means gypsum. The term “Venetian plaster” is mainly used between architects and designers in the US.

None of the materials used to create those finishes is plaster except the Scagliola finish. Basic Plaster mix is gypsum, sand and lime or just the gypsum and sand. In other words gypsum is the main material in the plaster mix. Stucco is the mix of lime and sand (Traditional) and modern stucco is the mix of lime, cement and sand. So, main material in the modern stucco mix is the cement and traditional mix is the lime or hydraulic lime used in polished stucco.

There are HUGE differences between venetian plaster applications and products.  Lowes will sell the products for a fraction of the cost and unfortunately you will get exactly what you have paid for…a fraction of quality.  The technique is a speciality for decorative artists and is very labor intensive.  Venetian Plaster is the rediscovery of effects and techniques typical of Italy’s decorative past. These rediscoveries include both famous (Venetian Stucco) and less famous (Stucco Mantovano) products and application techniques developed through the centuries, whose virtues are now stirring new interest in the Architectural community worldwide.  This websitewill provide you with some QUALITY samples of wall work.  Don’t be fooled…like anything…you will get what you paid for. You can view some of my samples at www.kbwalls.com


~ by bruce on August 13, 2009.

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