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Simple way to trace a profile of Cornice

Helping you

To help match a Cornice which was Ran in-situ, normally when the property was first built, we help you get a template made, We help regardless of using our services, as we have done for many years.

First, some background to help you understand why you cannot find a match for the Cornice anywhere inc online

Has it been ran in situ! How to tell, a Cornice has tell-tale signs to show if originally Ran in-situ, the main ones are the plaster is a solid feel when you knock on it or tap it, it also the back is enlaced with different coloured local materials throughout the deeper core, the Ceiling is normally constructed with wooden laths, Craftsman easily able to create nice deep hollowing members in the Cornice if they wished even up and past the Ceiling or Wall line, *Modern Materials like Plasterboard doesn’t allow this* they Ran the Cornice on the wall placed on wooden battens or guides prior to the main Plastering of the Room, then cut a popular shape from a stylesbook in tin fastened to a wooden brace or (right angled Horse) so picked a shape based on what was popular for that time period for that property etc, after doing their batch of homes, just disposed of the tooling (Running Horse).

Now, How to reproduce that profile which is needed to produce a new matching Cornice, lets do it with Pictures

1 This is what we want! (Below)

Someone needs to Pencil a simple side profile line onto paper following the contour of the Cornicefrom wall to ceiling (As example on Paper below shows) if you supply this; it can cut the need of using a Specialist being called out at this stage, as distance can be a factor and less people now do this!


How do we do it, well just cut up through the Cornice, I use a Multi tool as below, you can use a Saw, grinder etc (but that’s Dusty) or sometimes just a utility knife. Ill show you now.

So choose the point in the room where to cut through your Cove, cut a vertical line with your preferred tool about 3/4″ deep (don’t cut too DEEP through the Cornice) there is no real need, as you can offer the paper up and trim the paper until it fits in the corner, the edges of the paper now need to be touching the wall and ceiling lines, so chop away cut it until the paper fits in the corner, as the corner on the paper is not needed at all

Carefully Pencil a nice line wall to ceiling over your Cornice, after you have done that. You will end up with something like this in Photo below.

You will be left with a line ti fill from where you took the profile from, as below

So because to didn’t cut a Deep line in the Cornice, you can now easily repair it using filler, when filled, sand it or rub down using water and 120s or 180s Wet/Dry paper and sponge off.

Finally, nearly forgot to mention you need the paper or card touching the 2 edges on the wall and ceiling showing by the ARROWS in above photo, so you are left with a pencil line drawing of a shape, you now have your template, job done

If we are making the Cornice for you, put your contact details on same paper with amount needed and send it to: UKPlaster Vulcan Works, Dixon Street, Horwich. BL6 7PH Here is our Tel Number: 01204 693 900

  1. On receiving your drawing of the Profile, we Cut the shape from Tin you have supplied and fasten it to a wooden brace: Running HorseIf only a small amount of Cornice is needed, let’s say 2m or less, we Run this direct on our bench

2. If a large amount is required, we can do similar procedures: another is cut the reverse of the shape and run 1 length of that, which gives us a reverse of the pattern in plaster, only this time we cast a full length of Cornice from that reverse mould, then cast the amount you need.3The only other decision is will you fit it or a fitter 

3. The only other decision is will you fit it or a fitter 

We do this mostly for Insurance Companies due to costs for labour which sometimes cannot be realised by an individual or direct paying customer.


The use of an Oscillator to cut through the Plaster is a good choice, however a hand saw or angle grinder is equally effective (PPE) Personal Safety Equipment should be used.

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Vulcan Works. Dixon Street, Horwich. BL6 7PH

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