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Apr-6-2011

Day 64: Hand Cast

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

Cast as in plaster cast, not like one for your broken bones. :D

Today I decided to go ahead and start a project that I was planning for the end of the month because, well, I just couldn’t wait! I’ve been trying to think of something to do with the Permastone Plaster that I had bought and couldn’t use for the mosaic vase project, so I finally came up with the idea to cast my hand! I thought it might be a nice paper weight or ring holder or something that I could give someone as a gift. So yesterday while at Hobby Lobby, I bought stuff to make a mold so I could do just that!

Today, I started out by making the mold mixture and then poured it into a big pitcher. My original thought was to make the I love you sign language symbol, but I stuck my hand in just relaxed to see if it was ready and it started to harden! So I was stuck with leaving it like that! I let my hand sit for about 15 minutes and then it was ready! I meant to get a picture of the mold, but I was so eager to start casting it with plaster that I forgot! So next I mixed up the plaster with water and just poured it straight into the mold. I tapped the side a bit to get out the bubbles, but as you’ll see in the pictures, not all of them got out. So I had to let that sit for 20 minutes until it was room temperature and then I cut it out of the mold! Here’s what I ended up with…

As you can tell, there are some parts that came out really bumpy that I will have to sand down and then the underside of the fingers had bubbles, so they’re not perfect either. I also wanted it to be a little bigger, further up on my wrist, but I didn’t mix enough plaster, so oh well! I think it’s not half bad for my first casting project! I might attempt this again if I have enough mold stuff left! I still think I will give this as a present, but I think I will be painting it first… but that’s for another day!

Anna Grace

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