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I wanted a cast of my face: a 3D positive, as closely resembling my real face as possible. I considered using 123D Catch to model my face and then pri...
You will need: plastercloth (it comes in rolls- get a couple of rolls) alginate* (a 1lb jar of dermagel is plenty for casting a face or two) plaster ...
Lay out newspapers all over the floor. A sacrificial pillow is nice, though not necessary. Cover that with newspaper too. Pre-cut some strips of plast...
This is the real technique innovation: a cardboard splash guard. This way, the cast-ee doesn't get too messy. This also helps to keep the alginate on ...
Have your castee put on the sacrificial shirt, and place the splash guard firmly over their face. Have them lie down on the prepared newspaper surface...
Put some water in your mixing vessel. Add alginate powder. Mix it up with your hand. You should mix it to the approximate thickness of porridge. Or, t...
You don't have to wait for the alginate to dry to move on to the next step: plastercloth. This part is really easy. Just take your cut strips of plas...
Chill out, give it 20-30 minutes. Take a nap. Or don't; it might be scary to wake up inside that thing, and you might forget you're supposed to breath...
While we're letting it sit, here is another way to make a face mold. Maybe. We didn't actually go through with this, but here it is, just as an idea. ...
This is another untested idea (see previous step) but I thought it would be pretty cool. Put splash guard on subject Put plaster mask on subj...
Once your mask feels pretty dry, you can lift it off of your face. Lift from the cardboard, but support the alginate face; it's liable to flop out. A...
The cardboard should peel away from the plaster and alginate. Carefully set up your mold somewhere contained and supportive, e.g. on crumpled paper i...
Mix up some plaster the same way you mixed up the alginate. If there are directions that come with, follow them. Otherwise, I mixed mine to a nice cre...
Put it somewhere out of the way to let it harden. I don't know how long it takes, but I didn't come back for a couple of days.
When you're sure the plaster is hard, carefully peel away the mold. Look, a face emerges! There are probably a few weird bumps. For touch-ups, a file ...
Looks like me!
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Posted:Aug 9, 2012
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