Polystyrene Carving

One of the materials most suited to large scale prop displays is polystyrene. Our polystyrene carving gives us the chance to produce stunning props that can create a striking first impression when used as part of a retail or event display.

Our techniques

Our prop makers use high density polystyrene which we sculpt by hand as this gives the client more scope for alterations and changes throughout the sculpting process than 5 axis CNC machining, although we can also take advantage of this method as we did when scaling up the mini Birdman figures we made to make an 8 foot copy, or giant golf balls that we had made to mould and cast from

Since polystyrene is a more delicate material, we apply a hard coat to improve its durability, so once the polystyrene has been carved it can be hard coated and treated with a variety of finishes, giving the protection needed to create a wide range of painting effects, be it marble, wood grain or concrete.

Polystyrene carving is especially popular for theatre props and retail display due to its lightweight properties and our prop makers will be happy to discuss ideas with you. Polystyrene props offer a range of benefits, chiefly that they are easy to carry and easily transportable.

 

Our work includes:

  • A life size Trafalgar Square lion on a plinth for an event
  • An 8 foot high Nelson’s column
  • Giant mushrooms for Lapland UK
  • Two 8 foot high sculptures of cartoon characters used to promote the movie premiere of Cartoon Network’s Ben 10

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Our prop makers use high-density polystyrene and they sculpt using a wide range of techniques – including CNC machining and more traditional hand sculpting. Everybody is always amazed at the detail and lifelike qualities that can be achieved by a skilled prop maker, and we have the best at Spur who are able to transform a block of polystyrene into anything you can imagine. Once the polystyrene has been carved it can be coated with a variety of finishes, giving it the protection it needs prior to painting or a paint effect which might be a marble effect, wood grain effect or concrete. we are able to match our props to your products very accurately, replicating proportions, colours and labelling exactly. Have a look at our gallery to see examples.

lion-propPolystyrene carving is especially popular for theatre props and retail display due to its lightweight properties, and our prop makers will be happy to discuss your ideas with you and help to create props from a basic concept or your own finalised 3D Auto Cad drawings. Polystyrene props offer a range of benefits with even the largest props being light enough to be lifted by a single person and enabling easy transportation.

If you need to create a bold first impression on stage, at your exhibition, for retail display or point of sale, polystyrene carving could be the most appropriate solution to your prop needs. Speak to one of our prop makers and they’ll be happy to discuss your specific needs.