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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2004 03:16:38 PM »

This is PERFECT for my English project! I needed a mannequin type thing. Thanks a ton for posting!

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« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2004 01:26:17 PM »

i juat want to let you know that yours is very nice and when i tried to do it it didn't work out very well.
my advice to anyone who wants to try it would be:
-get some one else to put all the tape on
-make sure you have lots of tape!
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« Reply #32 on: April 20, 2004 04:04:21 PM »

has anyone tried plaster ( like the rolls used for casts)?  I wonder if you have to prep the skin so the plaster doesn't stick to the little hairs?  I wonder if this would work......
« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2004 10:17:39 AM »

I made one of these over the weekend out of duct tape. (I used about two rolls) Mine is stuffed with newspaper, (Much cheaper) but it looks really good.  Tongue
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« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2004 04:32:52 PM »

has anyone tried plaster ( like the rolls used for casts)?  I wonder if you have to prep the skin so the plaster doesn't stick to the little hairs?  I wonder if this would work......

you'd have to protect your skin (the knit fabric like they use when they put a cast on a limb) but.... how the heck would you get it off??? I've had my share of casted broken bones, they had to use a special saw to get them off ....

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« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2004 04:55:52 PM »

haha I hadn't thought of that.  I guess I figured you could cut it off if it wasn't too thick.  That probobly wouldn't work though.  I hope nobody tried this and got trapped!  ooops haha
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« Reply #36 on: April 27, 2004 04:58:07 PM »

 I like the newspaper idea.  Mine's sitting here waiting to get stuffed.  did you just crumple up  sheets and stuff em in?
« Reply #37 on: April 28, 2004 02:48:22 PM »

It's fairly easy to get a full plaster cast of your torso if you follow these guidelines:

-have a buddy help you with this one. the results really aren't so hot when you try to do it yourself.
-cast your body in two halves, front and back. after each cast has dried, they can easily be fused together with additional plaster. remember that the plaster will set, so be sure to apply it in sections that be easily removed.
-it's a pretty good idea to put something like vaseline between your skin and the plaster as protection. using plastic will cause the plaster to dry more slowly, and you'll have to wear it for a while longer.

if you're thinking of doing this project, shop around medical supply stores for plaster strips. their prices are far more reasonable than craft and hobby stores, and since the plaster found at medical supply stores is intended for body casting, it will work a lot better.

I hope that this helps!
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« Reply #38 on: April 30, 2004 06:47:11 PM »

you could do some plaster of paris on the taped up dummy, to give it more sturdiness.  And more paintability.
« Reply #39 on: April 30, 2004 07:50:18 PM »

  I've done a full body one for a Halloween prop! It was my zombie/monster type guy! It worked really well!

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