You can easily make a plaster cast of your own hand or foot. Or of someone else's hand. This way, you can immortalize the memory of a loved one in a beautiful sculpture. In this DIY guide we explain which steps are necessary and which materials you can use.
At Polyestershoppen.com you will find all the necessary materials and auxiliary materials to make a great plaster cast of your own hand or foot. To make a mould of a hand, alginate rubber is needed. It is important to know that we supply skin-friendly alginate, so safety is guaranteed. Alginate is a natural product and is also biodegradable. You can make the mold without it being painful for you or your son or daughter!
To make a plaster cast of a hand, you need the following products:
Making a 3D plaster cast of a hand is very easy! Herman and Thijs show you in the video below what you need to do to achieve a good end result! In addition, we have written step by step instructions. Read the manual carefully or watch the video before you start.
Before you start making an alginate mould, it is important to clean your hands well. Do this with soap and water. You must have very clean hands and nails because otherwise you will see impurities in your mould.
Before you proceed, determine how much alginate powder you think you will need. Alginate has a mixing ratio of 1:3. So for 1 part by weight of alginate powder you have to add 3 parts by weight of water. The table below shows the approximate amount of alginate you need.
Always choose a mixing cup that best suits the mould you want to make. One hand is best made in a large mixing bowl, but for two hands you'd rather use a small bucket.
Now that you know how much alginate rubber you need, you can start making the mould! Follow these steps:
After mixing well, place your hand or foot in the mixture of alginate powder and water. Now leave your hand or foot in the mixing cup or bucket for 10 minutes without moving much. Set a timer on your phone so you can keep track of the time.
When the alginate has hardened, you can remove your hand or foot from the mould. Alginate hardens very quickly, so you only need to sit in the mixture for 10 minutes. You can remove your hand or foot by moving it in the mould, you can exert quite a bit of force on it. Of course, do this carefully so that you don't damage anything.
You can pour different materials into the mould you just made. For example, Acrystal or porcelain plaster. Acrylic is a harder material compared to porcelain plaster. Here's how to use both materials:
Acrystal is available in different colours. You can give your plaster cast a grey plaster look, but you can also give it a bronze, copper or marble look. View our Acrystal range for all colours.
Using Acrystal is very simple:
Have you purchased the 3D hand casting kit? It comes with Porcelain plaster.
Using porcelain plaster is also very simple:
You're almost done! All you have to do now is to slowly pour the prepared Acrystal or porcelain plaster into the mould. Make sure you do this slowly to avoid air bubbles in the mould. Gently move the mould up and down so that you spread it well and the entire mould will fill up.
After approximately 1 hour it has completely hardened and you can remove the casting from the mould.
Congratulations! You now have your own 3D plaster cast of your hand or foot!
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