Step 2: Molding

I used plaster to create a mold for the latex to be poured into (specifically, Hydrocal).  First I needed to create a well for the plaster to be poured into.  As the plaster started to set up, I could mound it up on top of the sculpt, which meant that I didn't need to create retaining walls that were very high.  

I used WED clay to create a base and walls along the sculpt.  Next, I mixed up the Hydrocal and spread it along the sides of the sculpt, and drizzle over the top.  It's important to do this slowly and carefully, as you want to make sure you pick up every detail.  

After pouring the initial coat of Hydrocal over the sculpt, I continued to mound it up and create a flat top to the mold.  When the mold is turned over, this creates a flat base which makes it easier to manage.  
Wow, what a great piece of work! Nice job on the paint too. Where did you get the mold for the face?
oh, it's difficult for me to finish.
Harry potter mask please!!
Congrats on this Grand Prize-winning Entry, Scooch!
Thank you! How did you know? I didn't realize it was posted anywhere?
Carleyy announced it <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Winners-Autodesk-Employee-Halloween-Contest/" rel="nofollow">here.<br> <br> C</a>an you tell us what everyone won? &nbsp;Bet the prizes were great... and I'd love to know!!!
One does not simply make a Gandalf mask. <br>Great Work!!
Scoochmaroo, you always make things look so easy!!! Well done! I may finally get the guts up to do something like this.
Thanks! I hope you do try it, it was fun!
I will I'm inspired, I'm downloading the PDF now. :) BTW you look slightly freaky in the mask, having seen your picture as your user picture for a few years now it is plain WEIRD to see you as an old man, lol
Really well done! Is this your first latex mask? Very nice sculpting. They could have used you on Cloud Atlas.
Very nice indeed! It's almost a pity my own facial hair would mess up any cast of my own face (kids today think I'm trying to&nbsp;look like Hagrid, but I was more inspired by Grizzly Adams) - and it'd make it tricky to wear. But maybe I wouldn't need to...<br> <br> A tip for those who might wish to follow in your footsteps would be <strong>PLENTY</strong> of reference photo's - not just of yourself, but 'wizards' in general <em>and</em> any ancestors/older relatives&nbsp;you're told you resemble. Or you could try and find somewhere/some software that can 'age' you electronically.<br> <br> Of course, that may be more time (and, potentially, cost) than people might be able to devote to this, but it might be worth consideration..;-)<br> <br> And finally, Scooch, could you&nbsp;re-design your glasses or try some coloured contacts, please..?
Colored contacts? My eyes are brown, so they would look super weird. What color were you thinking? I like my glasses! But my face is crooked so they look weird sometimes.
I have brown eyes, too - personally, I've always wanted a <em>really</em> bright and rich&nbsp;emerald green, with flecks of ruby and gold. I doubt they make such things (affordably), though :-(<br> <br> Whether that would suit either of us, I don't know - but the 'super weird' look&nbsp;would certainly add a dimension or 2 to your Wizard persona.<br> <br> I should have made myself clearer, but I just don't think your glasses work&nbsp;in the 'Scoochmaroo The Grey' picture - they're too 'Earth-bound', rather than being rooted in Middle Earth.
WOW, just amazing!
Seriously, Scooch. Is there anything you CAN'T do? You're one of the only people on here that seriously intimidates me. lol
I'd like to think there's nothing I won't try. To that end, before this year is out, I hope you'll be seeing a project form me that involves Arduino too - but I'm scared! :D
It should be a walk in the parc with your skills!
Amazing! So skilful.
Just WOW !
Amazing :)
This is fantastic!

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