Materiales Artesanales : Stone & Terracota

Monday, 23 January 2017

MARBLE FOUNTAINS : MUCH MORE THAN A DECORATIVE ELEMENT

Originally the marble fountains served only as a point of water supply for the inhabitants of a town and were usually located in the squares or central places, to facilitate access to them.

The materials used to make these sources ranged from a simple wooden pylon or trough, to pieces of natural stone and marbles. The main reason for making these sources in marble or natural stone was precisely because of the hardness and durability of this material and its resistance to stone erosion and weathering.

With the Roman Empire and Islamic culture, it was when these pieces began to acquire a character much more than only functional and began to form part of a decorative space, where they acquired a huge role. In this way pieces of enormous beauty were carved, details with reliefs, carvings, etc .; And became synonymous with social status.

Currently there are different materials of manufacture of wall sources as of center, ranging from the original materials of marble and stone, to the fiber, artificial stone etc. This has made access to this type of architectural element much more accessible to the general public; In addition, even the marble sources are a non-prohibitive investment, since with the technological advances there are industrial machinery that greatly facilitate the elaboration of sources in marble and natural stone, especially the simpler models.

Finally to comment, it is now the question of the wide variety of materials available because continue to opt for sources manufactured in marble or natural stone. My answer is very simple and based on two reasons:

1. Natural material like marble with artificial materials has no comparison. Perhaps for an inexperienced eye can sometimes be difficult to distinguish a source in natural stone from an imitation, but it is clear that the character that gives the natural stone is inimitable.

2. As I mentioned before, technological advances have reduced the cost of manufacturing marble sources, so that when comparing prices, we may be surprised to find that in many cases there is not so much difference between an original material Like marble and others of imitation; And of course who will choose the imitation to the original if the price difference is not more than considerable.

I do not want to finish this article without emphasizing once again that it is necessary to see the marble sources as much more than just a decorative element, since they are able to endow a space of a character, beauty and distinction that any other decorative element, and For sample here we leave some illustrative images.









Monday, 16 January 2017

Interior terracotta floor treatment reddish tint with satin finish

In this work we find an interior surface of terracotta floor reddish tonality that even though it was not in bad condition had long been untreated.

The house was acquired by a new owner and wanted to make several reforms and among them was rehabilitating the floor.

In a couple of bathrooms there had once been a problem of filtration of moisture that was already solved, but that caused that in some of the baths appeared whitish spots of saltpeter.

We had to proceed to pick up these areas of the baths to eradicate saltpeter and with the rest of the floor of the house we performed a standard cleaning to leave the floor clean and ready to receive the treatment, which this time the customer chose the satin finish and Which was not very friendly to the shine on the floors.

Here we leave you a photo gallery of the process carried out and its final result:








Monday, 26 December 2016

MACAEL WHITE MARBLE FIREPLACE IN FINISHING POLISHED

In this occasion we manufacture a fireplace in macael white marble and polished finish, from the model provided by the customer of a photo and customizing the measurements according to your requests.

Although the model was very simple, the main difficulty was to adapt the model to the measures provided, since these affected the original proportions of the model. Finally we were able to adapt the fireplace to the model provided, although with somewhat different proportions.

Another aspect to emphasize is that the original model of the photo is a type of limestone or very similar white, while the macael white marble has grained gray characteristics, which in polished finish stand out even more than in a type apomazado finish. However we always try to select blocks of macael white marble, with the least amount of veining possible.

Here we leave some photos of the final result obtained and the comparison with the original model of the photo provided, on which we base for its manufacture:





Thursday, 22 December 2016

Cleaning and treatment of outdoor terracotta floor in San Pedro de Alcantara (Marbella)

On this occasion we find an external terracotta floor around a pool, with problems in some areas of saltpeter and especially with wear caused by the use of pressure cleaning machines with water.

As we commented to the customer, we want to emphasize that we do not recommend the use of this type of machines for the cleaning of mud floors, since they work at great pressure that end up to seriously deteriorate the surface of the mud and in many cases reaching to Such a state of wear that the soil becomes sand and is no longer recoverable at all, it being necessary in these extreme cases to replace it.

Luckily in this case the wear was more or less superficial and only in some slabs, so the final result was optimal.

Below we show you pictures of the work done, where we proceeded to first clean the outer terracotta and eradicate the salitres stains, to later apply terracotta treatment to the wet effect.


INITIAL STATE





FINAL RESULT AFTER APPLICATION OF EXTERIOR TREATMENT WITH WET EFFECT THAT INTENSIFIES THE NATURAL COLOR OF THE TILES





Tuesday, 29 November 2016

MAIN NATURAL STONES AND NATIONAL MARBLE

In this article we are going to present the national marbles and natural stones, which more usually usually work in the different projects.


MARBLE WHITE MACAEL

It is a marble from the town of Almería de Macel, which is extracted in the Sierra de los Filabres. It is characterized by its purity of white with a characteristic gray veining.




CREAM IVORY

Characteristic by its beig tonality, it is extra mainly of the zone of Alicante.



GRAY MACAEL

It is characterized by its gray color with rectilinear betas of a darker gray color.




GREEN MACAEL

It is characterized by its intense green tonality, next to a speck of white veins.





STONE LIME


The limestone is a sedimentary stone of whitish tonality, composed mainly of layers of calcium carbonate, residues of organic matter, marine creatures, corals, ...




TRAVERTINO OLIVILLO

It is characterized by a tonality that resembles wood with a nice light stripes. There are darker and lighter shades. It is one of the materials that we usually demand for the elaboration of architectural elements such as fountains, columns, fireplaces, ...





TRAVERTINO TURCO

The travertine tuco usually presents in two main tonalities:
The most common and characteristic tonality we could identify as a coffee color with a little milk.
A clearer hue, quite similar to the Roman travertine.



BLACK MARQUINA

Elegant and classic, characteristic for its intense color and its white betas.




Monday, 21 November 2016

BUCHINGER CLINIC: RECOVERING TERRACOTTA FLOOR IN DINING ROOM

In this work we find a terracotta floor, which although it had a previous treatment applied, it already suffered from numerous wear and tear; In addition to the existence of several areas with embedded stains and a great number of marches of scratches provoked by the movement of furniture.

The procedure to be followed was firstly to proceed to a process of pickling and thorough cleaning for both the removal of the remains of the old treatment and the removal of embedded stains. The work had to be carried out in two phases so as not to have to interrupt the passage of waiters and customers.

Once the soil was clean and dry we proceeded to apply protective treatment for indoor terracotta floors, with finished gloss effect.

Here we leave a summary with image of the whole process of the work from its initial state, to the final result obtained.


INITIAL STATE





STATE AFTER STAGING AND CLEANING:





PHASE OF TREATMENT AND FINAL RESULT OBTAINED: