Polycarving

Sometimes size really does matter! When you have a design concept where you want to go truly big and bold how do you turn it into reality? The answer is poly carving, a process where expanded polystyrene foam is used to create any kind of giant prop quickly and easily. Lightweight and versatile, it can be sculpted into any form and finished to look like everything from stone to aged wood.

Take the giant animated Faberge egg we created for Harrods, for example. Working with a specialist CNC milling company we were able to create huge, flawlessly smooth white eggs which were hung in Harrods’ windows around the world and animated with infinity 3D projection.

No matter how outlandish your concept, no matter how challenging, wacky or unusual you think it is, we can make it happen. We like nothing more than achieving the impossible and building a knock-out window display that customers talk about for years to come.

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Why Use Polycarving?

Polycarving is a technique used to create intricate 3D sculptures of props for visual merchandising displays. It can be carved using CNC milling techniques or by hand by talented artists. Once complete, specialist finishes are applied to create the right aesthetic.

Before polycarving can begin detailed sketches and design concepts are created to make sure the finished pieces exactly match the vision you have in mind. 

Talented artists then sculpt with polystyrene foam, polyurethane foam or expanded foam depending on the needs of each project due to its lightweight nature, ease of carving and affordability. Using a combination of machine cutters, sanders, saws, knives and hot wires, they smooth contours, add intricate details and create realistic textures.

When the prop is ready the surface is typically coated for durability and realism – this may involve painting, adding textures, applying decorative elements such as gilding or metallic finishes and airbrushing to achieve the desired aesthetic effect.

Once finished the sculpture is installed in the visual display according to the design. Whether it’s a standalone focal point or part of a larger scenic backdrop integrated with other elements, every care is taken to ensure it is visually and functionally sound.

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How Minki Balinki Can Help

Minki Balinki is hugely experienced in creating polycarved objects and sculptures for displays of all sizes both inside and outside. We work with 3D digital design artists to create bespoke pieces with unique finishes that add the wow factor to your visual displays. We understand the complexities involved in installing oversized pieces and will make sure it not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also it is safe, and functional additionally it fits perfectly with your overall design brief too.

Let’s make some samples…

Happy Clients

"Oasis have worked with Minki Balinki on multiple schemes over the years. Nina comes up with really fantastic creative solutions to our visions. Collaborating with Minki Balinki is always a lovely experience. Nina and team really understand the Oasis brand and this is always evident in the projects they work on for us, which are always delivered on time and in budget to a very high standard."
Tula Anastasiades
Head of Creative & VM, Oasis Fashion
“Minki Balinki provide an extremely professional and bespoke VM service from brief to implementation. They are incredibly creative, think about packaging and delivery, and have competitive prices. The work they have done for me has been exceptional, with a complete aftercare service if required. A pleasure to work with.”
Wanda Lewandowska
Manager Design and Communication, John Lewis
“I have worked with Minki Balinki on a variety of high profile and complex projects over the past 15 years. I come back time after time because of Nina’s ability to deliver creative and affordable solutions to my design briefs. Combined with a laser sharp approach to the logistics of any project, this makes Minki Balinki a go-to company for me. Nina’s ability to creatively problem-solve, and deliver great results within tight deadlines and to finite budgets, is brilliant!”
Kate Henderson
Visual Consultant
“I have worked with Nina and her amazing company on many projects for different brands over a number of years. I have returned to her again and again for amazing creative solutions that only Nina can bring to life. Minki Balinki are my go-to vendor for brilliant creatively challenging projects that need that extra va-va-voom!”
Erin C Thompson
VP Artistic Director – Global Environment, Coach
“Minki Balinki are an absolute pleasure to work with. Nina Tillett is the ultimate creative problem solver and makesour vision come to life with ease. She faces any challenge thrown at her head on and with so much grace. I have a real sense of security knowing that she is on the other side of the pond, protecting and caring for our brand.”
Daniel Powers
Vice President, Global Visual Merchandising

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

We have done work for some of the biggest brands in the world, take a look through our portfolio to discover some of our creative solutions and displays.

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Step into the world of captivating window displays with Minki Balinki. Elevate your storefront's appeal and draw in customers like never before. Contact us today to unleash the magic of innovative design!

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