5 Things I Learned About Life Casting

This is what happens when you Alginate Fail. Bucket Moulds.
5 Things I learned about Life Casting in the first 15 minutes (that I wish someone had warned me about, first).

1. Full Contact

I didn't realize how much of a full contact sport this was going to be until I watched the how-to DVD that I bought WITH the supplies. The Alginate cannot be allowed to thin or retain air bubbles in areas with a lot of detail. Which leads me to wonder exactly what is going on with some of the more intimate life castings! Oi!

2. Science

Measure out components by weight, not volume. There are several fails backing this lesson. How hard can just add water be? Trolololol

3. Power Tools and/or Extra Hands

These mixtures are time sensitive and the more efficiently we can mix them, the better.
Especially being a beginner, you will need extra time to mix and move things about. I also recommend that you not lift large bags of Gypsum Cement on your own.

4. Model Comfort

This is a two parter. Obviously the subject will be required to hold a pose for an extended period of time and should be made comfortable. Pillows, cushions, things to lean on, etc. Second, the plaster bandages can dry the skin and become really irritating. Moisturize the skin that will come in contact with plaster bandages in advance.

5. Be prepared to Fail hard.

Fail Harder is my motto.

You deserve an explanation. My experiment log can be found *Here*. I swear on all that is holy that my model's breasts were not originally misshapen, lumpy, or cockeyed.

Bonus Tip: If you don't have a canvas drop cloth... splurge.



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