In this article we will try to decsribe the ins and outs of the production and peculiar properties of the exterior stucco moulding and interior gypsum decoration, which explicitly affect the cost and the quality of moulding. Our article will help the customer to plan his budget accurately and to understand the components of the cost of his order.
For the production of the stucco moulding and gypsum ornaments various kinds of plasticine, clay, silicone, gypsum and concrete are most commonly used. The expert molds the initial model of the product from plasticine or modified clay, because these materials are soft, plastic and it is easy to create the intended product out of them.
After that a cast is taken from the plasticine (or clay) model and the relevant type of silicone, rubber or other moulding material is poured onto it.
When the silicone mould is ready, it is filled with gypsum, plasticrete, concrete and other materials used for the stucco moulding production. In the end of the term necessary for the product hardening and drying (normally 2-5 weeks) stucco ornament is ready for installation. It should be noted that most often the stucco moulding made from the initial plasticine model may have defects (pores, rough places, no clear-cut edges).
To create the highest quality stucco moulding and ornaments the experts cast the initial product from gypsum, putting the finishing touches on it before: liquidate the pores, sharpen and polish it and make the ornament look ideal, in other words, they create the second model of the stucco ornament. A new silicone cast is taken from the end improved gypsum model and the final product is moulded.
These particular intricacies and peculiarities of the stucco moulding production determine the difference in the products prices and quality. The price of the «initial» product will be far less than the price of the highest quality ornament. The volume of the order also affects the price. As you can imagine, to make one stucco ceiling rose, for example, we need to go through all production stages, with the lead time from 3 to 7 weeks, therefore the price of one rose is incomparably higher than the price of the same two, three or more ceiling roses. The process of creation of the product mould (initial or final) is the most labour-intensive, time-consuming and expensive part of the stucco moulding production. Having a ready-made silicone mould the expert may “bake” one similar ceiling rose every 2-3 hours, that is, create 4-5 roses during a working day. This is what explains the difference in the price of the mass-produced and exclusive stucco moulding.