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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 48 (14)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 48
Page 48

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 48

MetaI-Faced Masonry

A New Way of Attaching Copper and Brass Facings To Bricks and Tiles Points to a Variety of Uses

BRIEF: A wide range of theatrical (lecoration possibilities are suggested by a new method of bonding copper, brass, and other metals to masonry . . . A special adhesive cement is poured into a mold which holds a metal shell . . . and the finished product is a brick or tile . . . capped with a handsome metal surface . . . To be available in a large variety of designs and finishes . . . the metal facings would impart a luxurious note to the decorative scheme of any theatre.

Now that government restrictions on the use of metals has been eased somewhat . . . THEATRE CATALOG offers this report about a potentially valuable innovation in decorative materials in keeping with its policy of supplying complete theatre information.

An ingenious new technique of applying copper, brass, bronze or chromium facings to masonry has been developed by a California contractor, and suggests a wide range of decorative possibilities to be explored by theatre designers now that government restrictions on the use of strategic metals have been relaxed somewhat.

In the process developed by John Boyd, 3. Los Angeles tile and masonry contractor, facings of copper, brass, bronze, and other metals can be applied to brick and tile in a variety of textures and finishes, on specially fabricated brick and tile of standard shapes and sizes.

For centuries, various metals have been used in exterior and interior decorative schemes, and the fastening of metal to masonry has always posed difficulties. In the process developed by Boyd, the metal is solidly bonded to the specially fabricated brick or tile, and becomes an integral part of the casted masonry unit.

How the Units Are Made

The body of the metal-faced masonry unit consists of a special cement mixture which contains a porosity bond and volcanic ash, both of which lend lightness of weight and good adhesive qualities to the casted units. When dried, the casted unit will absorb about four per cent of its weight in water, thus assuring a definite and permanent bonding between the mummy unit and mortar.

The cement is poured into a mold that holds the copper, brass or bronze shell and is contained between metal separators. As the cement dries, the metal becomes securely locked to the brick or tile, which emerges from the

mold with a channel that provides an interlocking effect when laid in mortar.

The metal used for facing these units is generally of 26-gauge thickness, but thicker material will be available on special order. In the manufacture of the metal-faced masonry units, the pressed shells are backedrafted approxie mately one-quarter inch on all sides After the metal shells are set in the mold, and the cement is poured and allowed to harden, the metal surface is buffed, polished, sprayed with a coat of transparent enamel to protect against

discoloration, and the unit is baked in an oven. The enamel can be remOVed with a special chemical solution, and the metal facing can be refinished or re-textured with a new design, if desired. Should the metal facing become scratched after installation, it can be easily refinished on the job.

There is practically no limit to the variety of embossed designs that may be applied to the metal facings. It will become a simple matter for any type of metal to be applied to masonry of standard sizes or shapes or, on special order,

THE BEAUTY OF A DECORATIVE NICHE in layer or lounge can he tastelully enhanced by imaginative use of several contrasting facinqs and (endures. The joining mortar can be colored to blend.


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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 48