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« on: January 11, 2009 03:38:25 PM »

I have been experimenting with plaster.  I found it to be quite strong (contrary to what I'd previously heard).
I have a thing for the 60's and 70's style, hence the colors of the mushrooms Wink


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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2009 03:49:11 PM »

I love the color scheme you picked!  What kind of mold did you use?
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2009 03:52:55 PM »

I found a plastic mold in my stash of supplies.  I have no idea where it came from but I love it!  I coated it with vaseline so the plaster would come out.  I had no problems or air bubbles or anything.  Then I just wiped off the excess vaseline left over from casting it, painted it, sealed it, and viola Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2009 03:55:58 PM »

I have no idea what a plaster is...but this is awesome...
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009 05:11:19 AM »

That takes me back to when I was a kid....we always had plaster of paris  lying around. In fact....I think we actually had a Crayola kit.....

I really like the 70's vibe. Quite a neat idea.

Just a tip.....if you add a bit of white glue to your plaster it'll strengthen it a bit.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009 12:33:16 PM »

Thanks for the tip! I'd been adding elasticity powder from the company which seems to greatly improve strength but glue is wayyyyyyyyyyy cheaper Smiley

Plaster is this powder stuff that you mix with water.  Kinda like concrete only not as strong.  It's really fun, and messy, and you should try it out sometime justclayingaround Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009 03:57:39 PM »

Hi there,

I've been searching the boards looking for information on making casted plaster items using a plastic mold and your topic is the first one that's mentioned that.  I've got a few large molds sold as jello molds that I'd like to use.  All you've used is vaseline to keep it from sticking and some additive to strengthen it, right?  I'm mostly worried about ruining my molds - a brain and a heart, because I used them at Halloween.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009 07:38:27 PM »

Unfortunately, I am not familiar with jello molds.  Are they pretty bendable?  I have used candy molds which are rigid and they tend to break.  But the more flexible ones (made of silicone and what not) tend to work great.
Do you have any info on the molds (ie what they are made of)?
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009 09:11:40 PM »

Thanks for replying!  Well, traditional gelatin molds are metal, but most these days are plastic.  Similar to the plastic of ice cube trays, but thicker, so not at all as flexible like silicone, but not quite as rigid as the plaster.  It's a lot like this one, but a different "view" and I think about half again as big.
http://www.amazon.com/Accoutrement-Zombie-Brain-Gelatin-Mold/dp/B000GKW6BU

I also have a human heart and a monster hand made of the same material. 
http://www.halloweenmart.com/halloween-decorations/partyware/heart-gelatin

I also have sugar skull molds that I might want to try with plaster (since ants don't like it and it's cheaper than powdered egg whites), but I bet the company that sells those could tell me.  The other molds I bought years and years ago and have no idea who made them.

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009 11:16:11 PM »

Okee dokee. Obviously all I can do is guess.  But my guess would be they would work as long as they are thicker than candy molds and a tad more flexible.  Make sure you put a even layer on vaseline before pouring into the molds.  Once the plaster is in (I tend to make mine thicker than the package suggests as I find I get better results.  It is sort of a thick pancake mixture texture) make sure to tap the mold a few times on a hard surface to insure no bubbles occur.  Let me know how your plaster projects go and post pics here Smiley
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