Talking Techniques: A Look at the Flaming Process August 30, 2018 As an architect or designer, you probably already understand how important it is to have choices. Being able to give your clients options for their projects or having an array of building materials – choices are important to the craft. They also create room for innovation and for the introduction of new techniques to take design possibilities to all new levels. When working with hard stones there are some limitations, especially when it comes to the size of the natural stone. With the right skills, even the toughest of stone can be turned into something new and personalized to fit any space. In this post we’re looking more closely at the flaming process and why you may want to consider this step for future clients and their projects. What is a flamed finish? First the basics. This technique works to peel away the layers of stone and reveal a new beauty lying beneath. The process is often referred to as a “flamed” or “thermal” finish and can be best described as creating a textured look. While the process can only be applied to stones like granite that have minerals with varying expansions rates, as well as bluestone, there are certain hard limestones and marbles that can also withstand the process. To achieve the style, an intense flame is held at the stone’s wet surface. While firing it, the surface becomes so hot it bursts and a layer flakes away to reveal a rough, even texture. Application Uses Now instead of a smooth, sheen surface or something too rigid and jagged, you have a stone that’s slip-resistant and can be used in more locations than before. Clients looking for a high-end patio, or wall finishes for exterior settings for example, can use flame finished stone. The application is especially useful to avoid trip hazards and is a great finish for designs requiring a modern aesthetic. The other great thing about the flaming process is that you can use it to alter the color of stone if needed. Depending on the material used, the process can turn stones new hues. For example, when you flame gold limestone, the process turns the stone a pinkish hue. When bluestone is flamed however, the blueish gray color does not change. Skill Requirements Understanding how this process works and the ways to manipulate stone for project needs requires a professional skilled in the craft. There is a fine line between creating an amazing new piece of material and damaging the stone. Flaming is aggressive so getting pressure and distances just right in the production phase is critical to create stone that is desirable and has a consistent finish as was intended. Trust Connecticut Stone with your upcoming project needs. We offer custom cuts, innovative applications and award-winning insights that see your project through from idea to completion. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years and offer a diverse array of natural stone products for interior and exterior use. Contact us today to get started on your project!