Such has recently been the case, because I have been teaching myself how to make plaster moulding. I am sure that I read, many years ago, that this type of moulding is called "struck moulding", but I have been unable to verify that at present. Simply put, the process consists of making a template out of a thin material (metal) and passing it over the wet plaster. There are a lot of subtleties to the process, however, and I am sure I have barely scratched the surface of discovering them. I have managed to figure out enough, though, in order to get the job done. Below are some photos of the process, and some of the resulting product.
|My regular readers will already be aware that another of the skills that I posses,|
is that of metalworking. This skill comes in handy when one needs to make
templates. I first used a pair of snips to cut as much material away as possible.
|I then used a file to finish up the shape according to the profile I desired.|
There was no "right or wrong" for this profile because I invented it...
|But this one had to follow an existing section of moulding; looks like it does.|
|Making the moulding cannot be done in one pass, it must be built up and allowed|
to set before another layer can be laid down, otherwise there is too much material
squishing around. I put a section of rope into the wet plaster for strength.
|After the second pass the moulding begins to take shape, but it is still not perfect.|
|The third coat is a thin layer spread out all over the moulding.|