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Imago Dei, LYME plaster.

As a testament to the durability of lime plaster, just look at its history -some of the earliest known examples of its uses can be found in the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. One of the earliest examples of lime plaster dates back to the end of the eighth millennium BC. Three statues were discovered in a buried pit in Jordan that were sculpted with lime plaster over armatures of reeds and twine. They were made around 7200 BC. The fact that these sculptures have lasted so long is a testament to the durability of lime plaster.

LIME PLASTER

Lime Plaster is an economical, environmental friendly, and durable texture that withstands the elements. Unlike cement based plasters, lime is breathable, enabling water to naturally dissipate from the walls. Lime is also uniquely soft and flexible, so if a building shifts slightly the finish will not crack like a cement-based product, thereby preventing water leakage. Unlike synthetic paints and plasters, lime is unaffected by direct UV-ray sunlight. Lime will not trap the sun’s heat, nor will it crack, fade, or lose color under continuous UV-ray exposure.

If you are looking for a durable and authentic European texture treatment – look no further. Imago Dei has installed Lime Plaster treatments on countless projects and we are always amazed at how established and authentic the finish looks immediately after it was completed. The finishes come in many different standard aggregates from very smooth (venetian) to very rough (stucco-like) – meet with an Imago Dei creative consultant today to determine which look is right for your space.

As a testament to the durability of lime plaster, just look at its history -some of the earliest known examples of its uses can be found in the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. One of the earliest examples of lime plaster dates back to the end of the eighth millennium BC. Three statues were discovered in a buried pit in Jordan that were sculpted with lime plaster over armatures of reeds and twine. They were made around 7200 BC. The fact that these sculptures have lasted so long is a testament to the durability of lime plaster.

✽ Interested in conserving energy? Lime plays a pivot al role in creating optimal thermal protection. When designed correctly, a building finished with lime will keep inhabitants warmer in cooler climates and cooler in warmer climates -good for your heating and cooling bill.
✽ Lime plaster is a mixture of calcium hydroxide and sand (or other inert fillers). Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes the plaster to set by transforming the calcium hydroxide into calcium carbonate (limestone).

BENEFITS SUMMARY:
• Carbon Absorbent
• UV-ray resistant
• Natural Climate Control
• Durable

IMAGO DEI,VENETIAN Plaster

Plaster textures can be modeled to form raw, rough earthy surfaces as well as smooth, polished and clean finishes. Imago Dei’s plaster finishes will last as long as your home or office does, often becoming even more beautiful over time, removing the need for continual repairs typical of other, more artificial products. Pigments can be added to these product and finished with various effects. Plaster textures are elegant, sustainable and functional—a natural choice.

VENETIAN PLASTER

Venetian Plaster is among Imago Dei’s most popular faux treatments. This intricate and labor intensive faux can simulate the look and feel of polished marble as well as natural rough stones. Smooth, polished or unpolished, the end product really looks and feels like stone—it’s even cool to the touch. This is due to the fact that the materials used for Venetian plastering are actually composed from real limestone and marble powders.

Through a complex process, Venetian plaster is layered with a multi-dimensional, two-tone appearance that adds a spectacular visual interest and unique character to the surface. The finished product relies heavily on the creativity of the artist’s application technique. Our highly skilled professionals are equipped with the proper burnishing techniques to achieve the shine of genuine polished marble.

The term Venetian plaster does not refer to a specific product, but moreover it is applied to an age old faux finishing technique. Natural lime plasters have been in use since early ancient Egypt; however, these materials were initially used as simple form of structural protection. The Venetians took these materials to the next level. They invented this intricate elegant faux when they discovered that they could add natural pigments to them and make them shine like real marble.

✽ Venetian plaster adds interest to a space through color, texture and sheen while integrating an element of sophistication into any room.
✽ Legend has it that the Venetians invented Venetian plaster as a way to make the walls of the city look like marble because heavy marble walls would have made the city sink.

BENEFITS SUMMARY:
• Realistic Faux Marble
• UV-ray Resistant
• Natural Climate Control
• Durable

Imago Dei, American Clay Plaster.

Surrounding your interior environment with unsealed clay plasters, or clay paints, that produce negative ions will not only help neutralize the electromagnetic effect created by computers, appliances and synthetic plastics, but also will help eliminate static charge on walls. Your walls stay clean and will not attract dust! Also, by having clay plaster on a wall, you are helping to filter air of pollen and dander.

 AMERICAN CLAY PLASTER

Clay plaster is an all natural, environmentally friendly way to finish any interior. This plaster offers superior color, richness, texture and depth. Clay is a healthy, versatile, and affordable texture material can be used to create riveting bold and prominent surfaces. Clay can be painted, stained or plastered over, absorbs sound, maintains a workable flexibility until sealed, breathable, does not need to be sealed, no dusting, a non-toxic, non-chemical product. It can be floated, troweled, sponged, or even hand painted, to create unique, tactile, multi-layered walls.

The capacity of clay plaster to “breathe” and release negative ions is unique and not found in any other wall covering on the market today. The clay plaster that we use at Imago Dei is non-toxic and made in the USA. 100% natural earth plaster is made of a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that make it an earthy choice for warmth and beauty. With low inherent energy used during the manufacturing process and less waste in production and application, this clay product is the ultimate green choice. Clay naturally controls climate by regulating arid and humid air, absorbing and releasing moisture in response to environmental changes. Warm to the touch in winter and surprisingly cool in summer, clay creates a wall surface that is inviting to the senses.

Negative ions are proven to produce positive biochemical reactions in humans. A negative charge in a space acts on our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen, causing us to have more energy and feel invigorated. Negative ions also have been proven to increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our feelings of well being.

For more information, see this article.

✽ Part of the rejuvenation you feel when in nature is believed to be from the high concentrate of negative ions.
✽ Clay Plasters can help contribute to your next LEED project. Learn how.

BENEFITS SUMMARY:
• Carbon Absorbent
• UV-Ray Resistant
• Releases Negative Ions
• Sound Absorbent
• Natural Climate Control

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