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Create Plaster Mold Artwork

Carrie Williams uses a live model in making her wall hanging.

Materials and Tools:

roll of Rigid Wrap high-quality plaster gauze
bowl of warm water
clean towels
16" x 20" canvas or one to fit the size of the plaster mold
all-purpose heavy-duty glue
red and silver spray paint
imitation gold and silver Leaf
2 shades of purple paint
gold paint
metal eye hooks and hanging wire
plum or fruit to fit inside model's cheek
petroleum jelly
human model
blow dryer
Mod Podge — all-in-one glue, sealer and finish

1. Prepare plaster strips by cutting them into strips of different sizes. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water.

2. Prepare your subject by spreading petroleum jelly over his entire face, eyelashes, eyebrows and hair.

3. Drape the shoulders with a towel.

4. Place a plum inside the subject's mouth causing the cheek to protrude for a unique look in the final wall hanging.

5. Dip the plaster strips into the warm water and apply them onto the skin's surface. Smooth the surface using your fingers to get an even end result.

6. Continue to cover the face and neck with plaster strips. Cover the mouth and nose last so your subject is most comfortable.

7. Once all the strips are applied, speed up the drying process with a blow dryer set on low heat.

8. Slowly remove the plaster from the subject's face and place the mold onto balled-up plastic to help maintain the shape of the mold while it dries overnight.

9. Attach the face mold to a canvas using heavy-duty all-purpose glue and let dry.

10. Place a bottle inside the back of the mold as a support to hold the mold while the glue is drying.

11. Cover the base of the mold and canvas with the plaster strips as used on the model. Cover the entire canvas to match the texture. Let dry.

12. Coat the entire mold and canvas with an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish. Let dry overnight.

13. Paint the entire canvas and face mold with a base color (light purple) and let dry.

14. Apply the darker paint hues. While the paint is still wet, wipe away the paint from the protrusion made by the plum in the cheek. Let dry.

15. Apply the spray paints to the canvas behind the mold and let dry.

16. Apply gold and silver leaf to the canvas using polyurethane as the adhesive. Let dry.

17. Coat the entire plaster mold wall hanging project with polyurethane. Let dry.

18. Attach the eye hooks to the back and string the canvas for wall hanging.

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