Below, Eugene Orlandini demonstrates one aspect of a decorative plasterers work- he is removing a rubber mould from its shell. This mould has two sides- the front and the back- and must be cast separately, so there are two shells to open.
This is a delicate process, for the original casting mould (shell) can be very old must not be damaged- this one was used by Jules Orlandini and was made in the nineteen twenties or thirties.
The shell was coated with a special substance to keep the rubber from sticking when it was poured in. Once the rubber set, Eugene could carefully extract the pieces from the shells. Now the rubber pieces can be used to make plaster casts!
Further down, Eugene applies finishing touches to a wall relief.
Eugene Orlandini is the third-generation owner of Orlandini Studios, representing an enduring artisan craft tradition in Milwaukee.
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