finished plaster cast
Photo: Brian Henn

Reproduce Period Details With Plaster

Who> Kevin Shale
Where> Boston
What> Duplicated his home’s architectural details with molds

It's no secret that TOH readers have a weakness for restoring antique architecture—and Kevin Shale is no exception. He was thrilled that some of the original plaster corbels and ceiling medallions on the first floor of his crumbling 1877 brick townhouse had survived. Hoping to match those details throughout his house, Kevin taught himself how to reproduce the prized pieces. Here, find out what he used to prep the originals, create molds, and cast perfect copies so that you can do the same.
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