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Why is FR polyurea coating great for props?

There are many techniques we use to achieve our creative projects & props.

One of the main techniques and products we use to  create  our props, sculptures, 3d logos & large letters is waterproof + extremely durable coating application of Polyurea which is a high quality rubber material

How do we apply it?

 

Polyurea is a manually spray applied coating using a high-pressure system with our specialist coating machine.

The amount of layers applied will depend on thickness required.

Most often we coat on to sculptures, shapes and letters carved  or CNC cut from polystyrene.

Is Prep still necessary ?

Just like anything for good results prep is crucial, sanding the surface, making sure no moisture is important.

 

Advantages of polyurea application?

Speed is the major advantage of this coating, after spray application the coating is dry within seconds!

Depending on how smooth you would like the finish to be there may be some sanding prep work prior to primer  application.

Once primed and fully dry the project is ready to spray paint!

This FR coating we use  is both water & impact resistant which is perfect  for the props durability and practicality.

Especially if you are looking for your props to be long lasting  and suitable for both indoors and outdoors.

Take a look at some of our props where polyurea has been a major factor in getting it right!

Get in touch with our friendly team to see how we can help you achieve your project


Themed props for interior spaces

Creating themed props true to concept is something we passionately do.

We have created themed props for several public interior spaces take a look below to see a couple of spaces we have helped transform:

Westfield shopping centre: The brief was to create Winnie the pooh elements for the family rooms for Westfield shopping centre which had to be true to concept as possible, durable + impact resistant.  All bespoke elements were hand decorated. The wooden effect items had to be splinter free, to look like authentic rustic timber yet not as heavy as real wood. We created various trees for each room, wooden effect log seats, ipad logs, pumpkins, rustic timber replica fencing, gate, frames, flowers.

 

Click on the image to view full project

 

Discover story centre: This was a great project to work on. Each element had to be as close as possible from illustrations from Dr Seuss which isn’t always the easiest task however we loved the challenge and also client was very happy with the out-come.

Discover story centre ignites the imagination which is captured within a book.

We created a cave like tunnel, Truffula trees, various colourful trees, a sofa and a dr Seuss themed car. All props are coated with  FR polyurea which is both a  water and impact resistant coating.

Discover story centre London- Click image to view more

 

Cadbury world Café: We created white fluffy clouds and bespoke cladding for the Café’s  make over.

Each cloud had to be slightly different in shape  in order to create a realistic effect.

All clouds include an internal fixing system in order to either suspend or fix to the ceiling.

Both cloud and cladding elements were coated with FR polyurethane & spray painted white

 

White fluffy clouds, custom interior elements

 

Get in touch with our friendly team to see how we can help you create an inspiring space

 


CNC routing in house!

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Take a look at some of our CNC cutting jobs

This year has been a great year for ICA Creation so far. We can’t quite believe November is in full swing with 2019 just around the corner! 
One of the major aspects & game changing moments for us this year has been the addition of our CNC router!

This has meant that we are able to do all production including CNC routing in house in Cornwall and our turnaround times are a lot faster + we have much more flexibility with the projects.
As well as CNC cutting, we are able to prepare design files for the cutting which gives our customers more possibilities and an easier route in to getting the project done.

CNC routing is a great technology which enables us to be much more innovative.

We can cerate custom panels, create bespoke signage, cut out large letters, 3d logos, elements for furniture, pre-cut the elements for our products such as the Christmas sleigh. 

Get in touch with our friendly team  to see how we can help you!

 


Christmas props!

As we approach Christmas 2017 closer each day and this time it’s flying! We would like to share  some of the recent and previous  Christmas props and special displays we have created.

There’s nothing like a beautiful magical setting   that can give the festive feeling and take our breath away that  brings wonder back to  Christmas.

We have been very fortunate to  be a part of some amazing displays or have had the pleasure or creating some key props to generate a festive feeling and most of all helped create some magical photo opportunities.

Take a look below at some of the Christmassy props we have created!

We look forward to producing  many more whether  it be custom and personal or some of our popular props such as Santa’s Sleigh!

In the mean time we wish everyone a wonderful Christmas filled with warmth and joy!

 

 


Whale and the snail custom props

Whale and snail rock – Discover story centre London
We worked with Discover story cenre in London to create these scenic elements for their whale and the snail themed interior space at the story centre.
Both whale and the snail rock had to be true to the original illustration as possible. Both elements were hand carved from polystyrene. Once approved by client coated with FR polyurea ( water and impact resistant coating ) we then primed both elements and applied the base colours to them.
Take a look at images during production


It’s wonderful to see some of the elements we created in action in a beautiful setting brought to life by Discover Story centre in London. Take a look at some pictures below of the magical setting!
Pictures below  by Suzi Corker – Discover


You can experience this magical world at DISCOVER’s new and enchanting Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s immersive exhibition A World Inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures   http://www.discover.org.uk/
Final decoration by Discover story centre London


Gargoyle sculpture

We worked with Studio  Tac to create the unique  sculpture to be used as a feature element for the touring Gorillaz band

The sculpture was hand carved based form various image references supplied to us by Studio Tac together with some creative freedom to sculpt.

We used high density PU foam to carve as this allows for more in depth detail for the sculpture measuring at 800mm high inc base.

The sculpture was then coated with FR polyurea in order to create a water and impact resistant surface. Once coated the sculpture was spray painted and decorated ready to go on tour! We also created a custom case for the sculpture to keep it stored safely + practical  transport. Have a look below at some images!


1m high Top hats production!

 

We were commissioned by Hatfield estate to create 50 1m high white top hats!
The concept was specifically designed by Hatfield to get community involved & creative by painting and decorating the hats with bright colours and patterns and to bring adventure by spotting them around the estate and Hat field.
The hats are created from polyurea coating which is a waterproof / impact resistant coating.
See below some highlights of our production, all 50 hats were created in house by us in Cornwall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Seuss concept – Discover story centre

 

It was great to work on an inspiring project brought by Discover London’s story centre

We were commissioned by Discover to create Dr Seuss themed elements.

The elements had to be as close as possible to the illustrations of the iconic DR Seuss, bright imaginative and quirky whilst being hardwearing +  practical.

Have a look below to see what we  created!

We created a Dr Seuss car

We were commissioned by Discover story centre in London to transform an adult tricycle in to the fun and interactive Dr Seuss car from his book The cat in the hat. Discover supplied us with the adult tricycle ready to transform. The main body of the car was carved from EPS, made in 2 sections, coated with fr polyurea which is water + impact resistant and spray painted to required colour. The cars various components were created using a combination of materials and a variety of techniques such as carving, welding, spray painting, coating to achieve final interactive and fun result! When transforming the bike we had to keep as close as possible to the original concept of the Dr Seuss illustration whilst making sure it would be durable and practical. The car is fully usable and the main body is removable for ease of transport etc. We cant wait to see the fun bike in action at events, It will be amazing to see the dr Seuss car out and about making people smile!

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We created 4 colourful trees, each with an individual tree top shape. The trees were made from an internal aluminium structure for extra durability with an aluminium base. The outer material is polystyrene which was hand carved, coated with FR polyurea to ensure the trees are to be water proof + durable and impact resistant. All trees were then primed and spray painted with a  top coat to required colour number.

Bespoke sofa

We created a bright  and unique sofa. Carved from polystyrene and coated with polyuria, soft foam sitting section also coated with FR Polyurea for lasting durability.

 

 

 

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The cave like tunnel!

 

 

 

We created the tunnel to fit perfectly the interior space of the story centre.

The tunnel had to be made in several sections as it had to fit through a standard size entrance.

The tunnel was hand carved out of EPS, coated with FR polyurea, primed ,  spray painted and decorated to finish.

Have a look at some links below to see our creations in place and the wonderfull world of Dr Seuss in action at London’s story centre:

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/video/steadicam-at-the-fantastic-world-of-dr-seuss-press-launch-news-footage/578763068

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/event/the-fantastic-world-of-dr-seuss-press-launch-655925083#childrens-laureate-illustrator-chris-riddell-attends-the-press-launch-picture-id577919218

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv4jLTK9ECI http://www.babydaytripper.co.uk/the-fantastic-world-of-dr-seuss-discover-childrens-story-centre-2/

 

 

 

 


Giant MJ 3d lipstick & Lipgloss in the making!

Have a look at one of our projects late summer 2016!

We were commissioned by Practical minds to create 1.5m versions of Marc Jacobs lipstick and lip-gloss.

Both lipstick and lip-gloss were constructed  by hand and finished to a high quality spec!

The material’s we used include, stainless steel, wood, polystyrene, fibreglass, polished acrylic, water based spray paint, aluminium, weight support and vinyl for the label.

Check out some images from manufacture, progress and completion!


3m headphones in the making!

3m high headphones replica in the making!
We were commissioned by Phonaudio who create luxury headphones with maximum comfort & the ultimate sound experience to create 3m high replica of the phonaudio headphones. We used a combination of materials to achieve a realistic and durable giant version of the head phones. Materials we used to create include, exterior ply wood, EPS, aluminium, soft foam, up holstered pu leather, fr coating polyurea all finished to a high spec. The head phones will be used as special display with a wow factor   at phonaudio’s events, music festivals.

Take a look at images during production, completion and in action at OnBlackheath festival London!