A family run business in Kent : Quality fibrous plaster and external cast stone mouldings since 1976

Modelling an Ionic pilaster capital

We are often asked to create bespoke plaster mouldings either as one-off enrichments to meet a customer’s design requirements or as part of a restoration project to recreate damaged plaster mouldings or re-cast to match existing decor. 

Our workshop recently started creating the piece shown in the images below – an Ionic pilaster capital. The Ionic capital is characterized by the use of volutes (spiral-like scroll details). Ionic columns normally stand on a base which separates the shaft of the column from the stylobate or platform while the cap is usually enriched with egg-and-dart – as seen here.

The first stage of production was to make a model to the scale drawings provided by the project architect. Once this is perfected, the model is then covered in casting rubber to create a mould. Once set, the mould is cleaned up and then filled with fibrous plaster mix to cast the Ionic pilaster capital. 

Watch our time lapse video below to see the capital model and pilaster take shape as we first create the volutes, then build these up in to a column cap and finally a full length column model in order to create a one-piece mould for casting.

To see some examples of pilasters, column capitals and other decorative plasterwork that we hold moulds for, please refer to our product brochures. Alternatively contact us to discuss your requirements.