Working With Composition Ornament

Composition ornament is a time-tested, fast, and inexpensive way to embellish interior finish details, such as this plinth block. It can be applied on site as seen here, or in the shop. Once installed, it finishes easily with minimal preparation.

I set the cloth frame over the roasting pan and pour some more water over the cloth to dampen it.

I remove them from the heat using putty knives or similar flat tools to support them and prevent them from stretching or distorting.

After sliding the ornament off the putty knives ...

... I position it and press it down until it begins to cool and the glue adheres.

Another plus with this material is that it takes a finish really well, and it is paint-ready without needing to be sanded.

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