Puppet Making: Making a Plaster Mould From a Head Modelled in Plasticine

Introduction: Puppet Making: Making a Plaster Mould From a Head Modelled in Plasticine

About: I like making all sorts of stuff, out of found materials: furniture, wild food, whatever! I've learnt loads from generous people out there, so reuse any useful ideas that you find here...

This Instructable uses a video produced in a project called Micro Mr Punch.

The method shown is how to start with an original detailed model in plasticine.

Note -
There is a video that shows this process in the last step.

There are other videos in this series, that show casting in plaster from plasticine, using the mouldings to recreate the model in durable in papier mache, costume making and more.
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Step 1: Start With a Head Modelled in Plasticine

Plasticine is fabulous. It is so easy to model, and can be warmed to soften, and cooled to harden.
This instructable assumes you have made your original model...

Step 2: Find a Plane to Form the Mould Halves

Depending on your model, you need to decide where to split it, so it can't get stuck in the model. Avoid curvey bits like hooked noses, or it'll never come out!

Once you have decided on where the split will be, you cut into the model to a depth of about 1.5 cm all around. A scalpel will cut plasticine easy. You can also chill the model, to stop it getting distorted, and heat the scalpel to help it cut easier...

Step 3: Create a Cardboard Dividing Plane

By cutting pieces of cardboard and inserting into the grooves you cut in the plasticine, you can create a plane which will divide your eventual mould...

Step 4: Build Up the Mould Containers

You rnow need to create two open ended cardboard tubes from strong card, which will contain the plaster when you pour it.

Rest the cardboard inserted into the model on one of these, and seal the gaps with gaffer (duct) tape. Turn over and secure the otehr tube on the otehr side of the cardboard plane...

Step 5: Inside the Finished Mould

It will look like a cylinder with half a model at the base like this...

Step 6: Pour the Plaster Into the First Half of the Mould

Fill in one half of the mould, covering the half of the model that is visible. You should try to splash plaster into any details t avoid air bubbles getting trapped, before filling it in. You can also tap the mould to release any others.

Allow to dry - overnight is best.

When one half is dry, mix more plaster, fill in the other side, repeating the bubble deterring actions...

Step 7: Remove the Cardboard Round the Mould

It is best to let the mould dry for a day or more in a warm place, to avoid breaking the edges as you do this....

Step 8: Remove the Plasticine

Pick out the model...

Step 9: Clean Up the Mould

The edges may be sharp or overhand slightly if plaster has seeped under the cardboard. Pick off these trimmings carefully, and clean up by scraping with the edge of a blunt knife if required...

Step 10: The Finished Mould

Your will have two halves that look like this...

These can then be used to make papier mache casts from, with all the detail of your wonderful original.

Step 11: Watch the Video!

The video shows how to make the mould. Starting with a modelled plasticine original, cardboard is used to divide the head in two by creating a plane. More cardboard is used to build up the mould.

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    10 years ago

    This project looks awesome but there isn't enough documentation of you actually making it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you happen to have images of you making your project you can create some more steps, add those additional photos into your Instructable and then republish your Instructable. 2) If you don't have any more pictures of you working on your project, that's ok too. That just means that your project is better suited to be submitted as a slideshow. Your images are already in your library, and you can use the same text that you have already written for your Instructable so it should only take a few minutes to create your slideshow and show the world what you made! Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.