Plaster of Paris: Understanding its applications and features

POP or plaster of paris, as it is known is considered to be a particular plaster type, created from calcining gypsum. This is widely used in architecture, fire proofing, art and medical applications. Several product types exist in the market, like lime plaster and cement that are utilized for various purposes. Also, it becomes very much easy for the product to be used since it dries very quickly. Although it is light and soft, it is strong and durable and also could be easily carved to derive the desired shape.

Its features

As a matter of fact, plaster of paris also could be prepared at home by using white glue, flour and warm water. Flour is to be taken in two cups and combined with glue and warm water of one cup and mixed without any lumps. It could be used for various purposes. The original plaster had been manufactured with the exposure of gypsum to high temperature, thus creating calcium sulfate, which when grounded becomes fine white powder. This, in turn, could be created into slurry, simply by mixing with water. Then the mixture could be molded to various shapes, depending upon specific requirements.


Its history

POP was considered to be invented first by the Egyptians long back and used on their tombs as decorative pieces. Later, the Greeks used it in their temples, homes and various other places. Since, huge gypsum deposits were found in the city of Paris, it derived this name and presently being used as a wonderful fire proofing material. Presently, there are number of Plaster of Paris manufacturers offering the best product in the market.

Its application

POP is being used widely as building material because of its ingrained features. The material helps the structure to become fires resistant. As plaster burns, it is said to release water vapor, thus, controlling spreading of fire. Different construction materials are also coated with it like metal and wood.

It also finds great usage in art for manufacturing metal castings as well as in sculpture. Durable molds could be created since it can withstand very high temperature. When added to architectural frames, it does enhance the structure’s overall beauty. Doorways and window frames also could be easily molded using these products.


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