Decorative Props – Visual Elements for Theater, Movies, Events or Exhibitions

The decorative props are 3D models, sculptures or decorations, which aim to simulate a natural look as accurately as possible. These are reproductions of real objects that can be used in different types of designs. They are generally made for theater, opera or operetta performances, but also for movies, shows, events or exhibitions, being placed in the background as an addition to the main scenery. They can be created from scratch, in order to fulfill all the requirements of the director, designer or artists involved.

  • How is a decorative prop created?
In general, many elements are made of light, simple materials that can be easily placed in the decor. Their purpose is decorative – which means that the structure can be simpler, because their functionality is not always mandatory. Unlike hand props (which are being used by the actors or artists on stage), these kinds of props are all about aesthetics and visual impact. Therefore, these objects can be made of 3D polystyrene, sponge, polyurethane, resins or other raw materials of different densities. The papier-mache technique is very often used in this process, as it allows a certain lightness in the modeling and sculpting process.
  • What is the papier-mache technique?
Papier-mache is a French term and it describes a piece of paper mixed with water and flour, and, sometimes, with glue, in order to create decorative objects. It is a material used in various types of constructions and sculptures, being made up of several layers of porous paper, joined with a special adhesive. All the elements are combined for obtaining a specific shape, which remains intact after the drying process of the adhesive. The history of this technique has its origins in China, in the 8th century, and became popular in the Western countries later, in the 11th century. This has been used for many models and artistic creations over time, being a useful technique for creating multiple types of decorative props.
  • What is the purpose of the decorative props?
Decorative props aim to imitate, as accurately as possible, certain objects, which can truly define a scenographic concept. At the same time, maneuverability is important, so a balance must be found between perfect imitation and assembly and handling techniques. Especially in the case of medium and large creations (such as a statue), this aspect is mandatory, and the balance between the aesthetic and the functional factor must be constantly respected.
  • Who can create such objects?
The models are required by the set designer of the project – he develops a 2D or 3D sketch, but also other necessary materials, such as photos, models or drawings. They are handed over to the team of technicians and visual artists and, if they can meet all the criteria set out in the sketch, the actual production process begins, depending on the particularity of each project. Within these construction processes, different techniques, molds, ecological or synthetic resins will be used, but also a multitude of specific actions, such as modeling, sculpture, painting or others.

Decorative props and 3D decorations for any kind of project!

  • How do 3D decorations differ from the classic type of decorative props?
Decorative props are also made in 3D, but they have a great level of fragility, caused by several factors (weight, material etc.). 3D decorations have increased durability and are suitable for any kind of event. Therefore, if the show or the project takes place outdoors, the weather can make a difference – so the decorations must be resistant in any conditions. They have to have a better quality, which can ensure the proper functioning of the event, regardless of the space in which it takes place.
  • What kind of 3D props / decorations can be made to order?
Depending on the client’s preferences – the creation process will take place in the direction indicated by him. There is no specific category of 3D props or decorations that can be made – a very wide range of techniques are used by specialists, in order to achieve the settled goals and requirements.

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