This single mold can be cast over and over with plaster of paris to create these gorgeous panels.
They can either be used alone to create a wall hanging or attached to a craft project, or you can cast man of them and use them repeated on a wall, ceiling or back splash to create the most dramatic area you could ever dream of!
Once dry, the pieces are attached by simply spreading joint compound over the back of the piece then holding it to the ceiling or wall for 60 seconds. Joint compound is the perfect adhesive since it not only holds the piece in place perfectly, if you ever choose, you can actually remove the pieces at some point in the future. But to be honest? Who would want to!
I did some pretty intense plaster work in my home in Idaho. When the home was appraised for the sale, the appraiser actually added an additional $20,000.00 to the value of the home because (as he said): “What you have done is to add custom, permanent plaster ornamentation to this home”. The hair on my arms stood straight up from my delight!
Now, imagine the value that Rob has added to his home with this expensive looking ceiling design?
Casting plaster is super easy. Just follow the instructions on the bag of plaster of paris for mixing the plaster. And it’s inexpensive! For as little as 50 cents per cast piece, your medallion will cost very little.
What do you use as the glue to hold them to the ceiling? That’s the best part! Simply spreading a layer of joint compound on to the back of the dried plaster piece, then holding it in place (on the wall or ceiling) for 60 seconds is all it takes to make the piece adhere beautifully!
I did a plaster frame around my chandelier and it survived a Seattle earthquake without even a tiny crack!
Using the stencil in a random pattern all over the ceiling, she then used the smaller sprig as a fill in design between repeats.
She mentioned that since she wanted the design as thick as possible, in spreading a very heavy layer of joint compound over the stencil, she found it sagged in the center.
The solution to this is to spread a thin layer of joint compound first and scrape it smooth. Believe it or not, this actually helps the stencil adhere better to the surface. Then without removing the stencil, spread the heavier layer you desire. The stencil now stays perfectly in place. Especially when you are working over your head.
Another trick for ceilings: If your neck tires easily, try using a travel neck pillow to brace your neck as you work. When I did my 10 foot ceiling medallion project, that neck pillow was a life saver!
After Jo finished her ceiling, she told me that she and her husband were selling their house and having a new home built. She mentioned that she loved this ceiling so much that she planned to do the same thing in her new home as well.
I can see why! It’s simply beautiful!
This would also be a lovely treatment for a focal wall in any room in your home.
Ellie Reeves is a person who takes a vision and makes it come to life.
Wanting to give this ceiling a new, exotic look, she first used our Raised Plaster Leaf Spray Stencil around the chandelier for detail. She then sponge painted the entire ceiling in light and deeper greens (making sure to blend, blend, blend for softness!) and then painted just the raised leaves with metallic gold paint.
The look is completely stunning and all I can say is, what a pain in the neck it must be to visit this room….I’d be looking “UP” all the time!