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Participants in this practical laboratory course will be taught the essential techniques required in the making of high quality replicas for exhibition, research, security, completion and conservation purposes.

Detail Summary
Start date 3 June 2013
End date 7 June 2013
Time 00:00
Organised by Benner Larsen

Procedures and topics covered include moulding- and casting materials and their uses; mould-making principles; silicone rubber moulds; support casings; mixing, storing and using epoxy resin and other casting materials; applications of fillers and pigments; finishing and retouching. Case histories cover a wide range of different projects from micro-surfaces to large rock art replicas.


Day 1

  • Welcome and introduction to the course.
  • Laboratory: two-piece mouldmaking.

Day 2

  • Laboratory: support Casing
  • Laboratory: silicone mould-part and simple moulds.

Day 3

  • Laboratory: support Casing. Second part.
  • Laboratory: castings / Fillers / Colouring processes.
  • Laboratory: primary colouring and casting in the mould.
  • Case histories and discussion.

Day 4

  • Laboratory: opening moulds.
  • Laboratory: further castings.
  • Case histories and discussion.

Day 5

  • Laboratory: opening moulds.
  • Exhibition of all casts and moulds made during the week.
  • Laboratory: discussion.
  • Case histories.
  • Cleaning the laboratory.
  • Evaluation and close of course.


Benner Larsen MSc, Conservator. Benner Larsen is a multi-skilled artist and replica maker. Since 1977 he has been Lecturer in Conservation at the Royal Art Academy in Denmark, and also works as a freelance conservator. In addition, he is a painter and a graphic artist.


Ateliergebouw, Hobbemastraat 22 in Amsterdam. The Ateliergebouw is situated next to the Rijksmuseum.


Course fees are € 600,-. Participants are responsible for all evening meals, accommodation and transportation. Lunches will be provided.


Number of Participants: maximum 4. Registration is open to restorers, conservation scientists and related professionals practicing within the field.


The course will be given in English. Participants are advised that a basic knowledge of scientific terms in English is required.

Deadline for application

May 24, 2013.

How to apply

Please send a signed application form by mail or e-mail, addresses are mentioned on the attached registration form. The Programme Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage aims to assemble a list of participants of whom the level is as homogeneous as possible. That is why we would also like to receive your resume. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation plus the information for payment. Your registration is final when we have received the course fee.


Please contact Angèle Goossens (coordinator continuing education) en Rosa Hoogenboom (secretariat continuing education) by e-mail or telephone +31 (0)20 525 2021 or +31 (0)20 525 4899 with any further queries.