just the thing to melt the hearts of grandparents for mothers/fathers day
you will need:
*air drying clay
*plaster of paris (+an old plastic tub and lollipop stick or similar for stiring)
*sharp kitchen knife
*old gift box larger than your childs hand
*very fine wet/dry sand paper (i used 1200 grit)
use fresh clay for this as you need it soft. i found my airdry clay to be too firm to get a good deep print so i added a few table spoons of water to the bag, resealed it and left it over night then gave it a good knead. you might want to experiment.
roll out your clay on newspaper/scrap paper to about 1.5 -2 cm thick. i used marzipan spacers to get an even thickness but its not essential.
press the hand or foot in firmly you want a nice deep print
cut a hole in the bottom of your gift box. dosnt need to be perfect
position the box over the print and push down firmly (otherwise the plaster will leak. if it does quickly push a few strips around the edge)
mix the plaster and pour it over the print. tap the sides to get rid of air bubbles and allow to dry.
gently pull the cardboard from the clay (if you are carefull not to damage the print you can get multiple castings)
the plaster has formed a ridge but this can easily be sanded off
gently (otherwise you can leave marks) sand down the plaster using the wet dry sandpaper and water. do NOT sand the print itself, just around it or you will sand away detail.
you can see the differance between the unsanded print on the left and the sanded one on the right.
here the imprint and outprint together (i trimmed the clay imprint to the same size using the gift box as a guide) think im gonna frame them like this
you can off course paint the prints i would recomend sealing the airdry clay with a varnish too
if you have any questions please ask