Our Materials and Techniques for Set Construction
When providing services as a set construction company, we will make use of a range of high quality materials and practised techniques to complete the work required of us:
Also commonly called “carved plaster” or “plasterwork”, this is a process in which plaster will be directly sculpted onto interior and exterior surfaces. The intended result is the creation of any decorative design elements that have been requested for the stage, set, or studio.
For set production, we are most often given the task of crafting wall and ceiling designs in decorative plaster. However, it is possible to manufacture a myriad of other, more complex features and effects to achieve the atmospheres and environments planned and storyboarded for your production.
This is a form of decorative plaster, composed of Plaster of Paris that has been reinforced with layers of hessian and secured within a sturdy timber framework. It’s also the perfect material combination for imitating traditional plasterwork, which is more often lime-based and hand-moulded.
We must note that fibrous plaster varieties are generally considered more expensive for the construction of stage scenery or a movie set, and may also be more time-consuming to prepare and apply. It is therefore highly recommended that you plan this material work into your production’s budget in advance.
Glass Reinforced Gypsum
You may also find this material shortened to the abbreviated form “GRG”. It is a modern fibrous plaster type made from a combination of gypsum casting plaster and glassfibre matting, which adds strength to the material while never compromising on a lightweight design and a faster, less labour-intensive installation.
The adaptable, flexible nature of the material while unset also means that it can be quickly cast into a range of requested shapes and designs in advance of the installation. It is also easily painted and decorated, meaning that you can achieve the correct colour scheme to match the inspired designs and plans of any director, set designer, or production designer.
To find out more about this material and the pieces we will produce with it, please see our services page.
Jesmonite is a composite material made from an acrylic resin that binds gypsum powder. We have several different types of Jesmonite available for theatre, television, and film set production work, each of which can be used to replicate natural stone, granite, marble, terracotta, and sandstone for a variety of props and scenery types.
It is also possible to cast Jesmonite products for theatre, TV and movie sets that mirror the look and behaviours of moulded metallic objects, such as bronze, brass, and copper. If you would like to learn more about specific types of Jesmonite mouldings, please see our page and the product information provided.