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« on: March 06, 2008 10:51:48 AM »

I would like to make a duplicate for me (and for my daughter as well), but I have no idea how to go about it.  I have heard of people doing duct tape doubles of themselves, but I have no idea how to begin it. Does anyone know of a link or website that has how to do this?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2008 07:21:04 AM »

Use the Crafters search feature, it works very well. There are tutes here as well as links mentioned. I'd read all the commentaries before beginning as they can help you avoid some pitfalls along the way Smiley
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2008 08:38:34 AM »

Being a tall person and somewhat challenged in the boob area, I can't find a decent body form either... so have had a bosh at making my own. I haven't had much luck with duct tape though, it's not a great method. However, I have a cunning plan...

Wearing old undies, vasaline your entire body. Use plaster of paris strips to make a body cast (the quick drying stuff is better - you should be free in about 15 - 30 minutes, instead of a couple of hours...). Cut the mold off, carefully. Use more POP to stick the mold back together, and seal the base. Once the mold is dry, use expanding spray foam to fill it, and allow to set, as per instructions. Fit to a base at the correct height, cover with a soft strechy fabric for pinning, and there you have it - a perfect body form!

However, I haven't had time to test this idea yet... I'll be doing it over Easter. If anyone gets a chance to try it first, please let me know how it goes! Otherwise, I'll post pics when I've done mine.

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2008 11:57:05 AM »

Be very careful molding yourself in plaster strips - obviously you will need help with this!  Be careful not to depend on cutting the plaster off - you can easily get trapped in it.  Please research making body casts before you attempt such a thing.

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008 04:28:39 PM »

I've done the plaster body forms before, both on other & had others do my form. The disadvantage is in order for it to be thick enough to pull off without deforming it will add at least an inch or two to your overall size (albeit evenly if done well). Once removed from the body it is fragile. Filling it with foam would be cool but you'll either have plaster crumbly bits all over your sewing room forever (it will shed & crumble eternally) or you'll have to varnish it making it really hard & not able to stick pins in. Eh, I give it a 50/50 shot of being a form you'd like, which isn't really great.

The key to the tape forms is having a partner who is good at taping/ sewing & understand what you need in a dress form.

Oh and saran wrap is much kinder to the body than vaseline.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008 03:10:48 AM »

The generally idea is to fill the plaster mold with expanding foam then remove the cast, so you get an exact replica ofyour body, rather than one that's a couple of inches bigger. Sorry - I probably wasn't being particularly clear.

I'm not sure if you mean the same thing as me by expanding foam though... I'm talking about the stuff you use to repair holes in walls etc. Comes in a can from Homebase, and dries to a hard varnished finish, so no crumbly bits anywhere. It's also seriously light, so you have an amazingly portable form.

Another (nicer, but vastly more expensive) option might be to use a setting latex gel mix to fill the mold. I've seen some brilliant replicas produced using that, but it's pretty expensive.

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2008 07:18:51 AM »

I would do a practice piece (something quick & easy like a ball) to try out the foam- I'm pretty sure it's designed to bond really well to whatever it comes in contact with. It may not release from your mold no matter what you put in the mold :/ I was a sculpture major in college, a guy I knew attempted some projects with that foam- was an awful mess....
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2008 04:20:35 PM »

Here's a tutorial showing how to make one using duct tape.


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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2008 11:35:40 AM »

you know, I have a duct tape double, but I haven't stuffed it yet, because I don't know what to put it on!  like a stand!!  I'd love one of the knobbed stands like the old time dummies, but I have no clue where to find one! 

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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2008 02:44:50 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2008 11:29:55 AM »

To hold up the double I would put a stick or shower curtain rod in a 5 gallon bucket then fill it with gravel, sand, or cement.  I'm going to stuff my double with plastic bags from the grocery store.  Unfortunatly or fortunalty I found I was pregnant after buying the duct tape, but I didn't get started making it.  There is no telling what size I will be after this one! Shocked

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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2012 02:31:33 PM »

I've done the plaster cast with foam fill then removal of the plaster.  It turned out okay.  The only major problem I had during the casting was about 15 minutes in I was VERY claustrophobic and still had to stay in the casting for another 15 minutes till it was dry.  As a result I was breathing heavy and the cast took the shape of my expanded stomach and chest instead of my regular size.  So it is great for making things that will be loose or skim, but is not great for tailored looks.  I think if I was going to do another one of these I would go with the amalgam stuff that dentists use and only do half of my body at a time then join the pieces.  Another thing you have to remember is that when you cast or amalgam you need to remain standing still the entire time.  If you try to do it laying down your body curves move with gravity.  Also make sure you mark your body and the cast at all the pertinent points, center front, back, sides, and make sure that the marks line up before you close to fill.
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2013 01:54:01 PM »

you know, I have a duct tape double, but I haven't stuffed it yet, because I don't know what to put it on!  like a stand!!  I'd love one of the knobbed stands like the old time dummies, but I have no clue where to find one! 

I mounted mine on an old lampshade stand.

« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2013 10:27:12 PM »

I asked for and got a small dressform on Freecycle, then put my duct tape form over that

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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013 10:31:13 PM »

Actually, now I remember - I got a store mannequin (much smaller than me) that was being thrown out, I mounted it on the old lampshade post and I put my stunt double on that (used old clothes to stuff the gaps). My stunt double is the adhesive paper kind.

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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2013 05:55:12 PM »

This is my favorite tutorial on making a body double using paper mailing tape.  It's just beautiful when done.

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