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Plaster Bandage Lifecast Tutorial


This is my tried and trusted technique - I don't think alginate is neccesary for our needs and using all plaster bandages seemed to be perfectly acceptable.

The whole thing should only take 2 days max start to finish. If people can understand what I’m yabbering about and it seems useful then I'll turn this into a proper tutorial once complete.

Step one. Cover your face, hair, head and shoulders in saran-wrap / clingfilm. (99cents). Do not cover your mouth as you will need this to breathe through.

Step two. Cover the head in question (your own) in plaster bandage. ($5) Two / three layers at most, you don’t need it to be super-tough. Get help if you have it - make a huge mess if you don’t.

Doing this in stages makes it easier: skullcap, shoulders, neck, brow, mouth etc. DONT do your mouth and nose at the same time - see "breathing" in the previous step.

Then - once dryish put them back on your noggin and begin to attach them together with more bandage. It helps to leave a “zipper” gap in the hood which you can seal once you are all done.

I did a quick layer of brush on latex over the inside of the mold as a seperating agent. Once the latex is dry I slopped Plaster in and around the mold.

I need this to be tough as boots because I'm going to be pounding it with a hammer. For people making a lifecast for clay cowls to be cast in latex/urethane then you want something that will come out of your final mold easily, so I’d suggest filling this baby with expanding foam. I can’t guarantee that will work, but I’m doing a test with polyfilla expanding foam later next week so I will report back.

Once dry, rip the plaster bandage/latex mold to bits. Soften it up in the bath if you like, but you shouldn’t need to. It should shuck off like a snake shedding it’s skin.

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Re: Beginers easy/cheap lifecast tutorial


thanks, goldenage! that's a great contribution to the board, i'm sure a lot of people can use that info. :up

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Very cool! Thanks for post this. :up

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Innovative and great idea! :up

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Re: Beginers easy/cheap lifecast tutorial


I did my first lifecasting session this weekend (I'll post pics once I have some time). I slush cast the busts and then filled them with expanding polyurethane foam. Worked like a hot damn! 2 pints of the stuff (It's an AB foam) cost like $35 and it's enough to do probably 5 casts of your head and shoulders... and when it cures it's super tough and really light.
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Good tutorial Bro!! :up

Thanks for posting this!! emoticon

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Very cool, This will work great for making a work stand for my cowl!

[sign in to see URL] 1st pic, with the plastic wrap, very creepy!
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Excellent GA, thanks for posting this man!!! I know a lot of people will get a lot of use from it. :up

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thanks for the information on the life casting. I'll definitely be trying this probably this week end, and will use your tutorial. :signal gtg duty calls

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Cheap and effective? You got my vote. So very helpful. Thanks.

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