I decided to create a wax mold of a Lion head for a project I am working on. Instead of sending all these pictures to my supportive friends (Scott and Jared this is for one of the greatest couples I know) I thought it was time to contribute to this awesome site.
Step 1: Find a Model
Draw a parting line down the middle which will help you later on.
Step 2: Container, Dough, Tube and Pressto
I then connected a tube to the model for the wax to pour into. I made this twice and the wax came out much better when I used the battery, so anything about that wide will work.
Important: Take a pen or a battery and make about 4 indentations around the corners of the play dough. This will allow both parts to align together later.
The final step before the Plaster is to take a brush and some petroleum jelly and be generous when spreading it all over. This makes it very easy to remove the dough and model.
Step 3: Prep and Pour Plaster of Paris
Plaster of Paris needs 2 parts plaster to 1 part water and hardens in about 20-30 mins. For the first half of my container I used 1 1/2 cup of plaster and 3/4 cup of water. Mix well then pour in from the corner of the container, letting the plaster flow around the model the tap the tray so that the air bubbles rise to the top.
Step 4: Flip and Repeat
Step 5: Clean and Admire
Important: I cleaned out both parts of the mold and then reapplied the petroleum jelly which allowed all the detail to transfer to the wax after pouring, on my first try the wax and plaster stuck and removed all the details.
Step 6: Heat and Pour Wax
Step 7: Repeat the Clean and Admire Step
This was a plethora of fun to do and I couldn't have done these and other projects without checking Instructables daily.
This whole project took about $14 not including wax and clamps.
Cost and List of Materials:
Lion toy $1
Play dough $2
Plaster of Paris $7
Petroleum Jelly $1
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.