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Who in the hell butchered that hole?
Yes, you can patch it then use a dob brush with thinned joint compound to make it look like the surroundings.
The crack in the decorative thing might be harder-you could get away with SLIGHTLY opening the face of the crack and filling with a good flexible caulk-wiping excess away with a rag (using thinner on the rag if it's not water soluable).
Is this for the fan?
You could buy a smaller decorative "plastic" plaque (usually at a lighting store) and use that to cover the ooops. Might be able to get a small one that mimics what you have there (fit it within those boundaries)
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It's not clear what you're wanting to do. If you simply want to repair the spot where the paper tore away, mix drywall mud with latex paint and dab it on with a sponge or rag until you get the desired effect. (Prime the bare spot first, though, using a shelac-based primer.)
Or you can get a "medalian" to cover the area. The right one would complement the existing design.
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I am afraid I made the mess of the plaster cracking around the electrical box. I was trying to find the stud and drilling here and hammering there, it knocked it out on me. That sucked, but I am hoping to fix it as best I can. I usually use CGC compound for filling holes in plaster, so do you think that would work in this case? The chanderlere only covers a little bit more than the electrical box, so the plaster that fell out needs to be fixed for sure.
Don't know what CGC compound is.
But remember, there's a "medallion" that you might find that is meant to cover a too large hole and is decorative (like the beauty ring you have done in plaster).
Yeah, unless there's some "historic" or "artistic" reason to stick with what's there now, I'd certainly look of a complementary medallion before messing with the repair. Google "ceiling medallions".