Crown Molding

GulfportGailSeptember 21, 2012

We recently purchased an antebellum-style home...less than 20 years old. There were never any crown moldings in the grand ballroom. We want something to really POP...VERY ornate. We're even willing to pour our own. The ceiling is 22 foot so I need something on a large scale. Any suggestions? Also, do you know if anywhere we can purchase the molds for this.

Thank you.

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Clarion

If you want plaster, they are run in place. In that case what you need are knives, not molds, to make the patterns. The knives will be the easy part. Finding the man to run them will be your challange.

And do not even think about the faux plaster foam moldings. You can never get the seams right, and doubtful you could find the correct scale anyway for 22' ceilings.

Wood would be your other option.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 7:14PM
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GulfportGail

Thank you.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 12:27AM
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brickeyee

"If you want plaster, they are run in place. "

There are also cast plaster that are available.

All you have to do is finish the joints after you fasten the sections up.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 1:49PM
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Clarion

Not for the scale we are talking about. Very impractical.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 6:26PM
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brickeyee

You would be surprised at the scale and detail available in cast plaster molding.

Run in place molding is limited in styles and detailing.

Cast can have extensive detail.

It is all about how much you want to spend.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 11:23AM
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GulfportGail

Thank you very much for the input. I will check into the suggestions.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 9:57AM
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Clarion

There are no "limits" to run in place. Any knife can be cut for any shape than anyone can imagine, and then run. For this ceiling, multiple knives will be required.

22" foot ceilings require a very substantial cornice to look appropriate. Doubtful such cornices could be lifted, let alone shipped!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 8:19PM
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Clarion

Which, by the way, is likely why they were not installed originally.

There are "rules" or guidelines for cornice proportions relative to ceiling height. Look them up.

It won't look any good to go small. Might as well leave it as is in that case. A 22' ceiling is a grand thing, and deserving of a no less a grand cornice.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 8:29PM
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brickeyee

"There are no "limits" to run in place. "

Try and do dentil, or other detailing.

There are of course limits on the shape since it must be formed by a straight pass of the knife.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 10:04AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Really big wood crowns are made in two or three pieces (and I mean just for the cyma and cavetto) So a crown wider than the capacity of a single molding machine is achievable.
Casey

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 9:17PM
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brickeyee

Try and 'run' these.

Here is a link that might be useful: Deco Craft Plaster Cornice

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 12:52PM
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