How to Make a Mold of Your Ear

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How to Make a Mold of Your Ear
A perfect mould of an ear can be made at home. (ear image by Connfetti from Fotolia.com)

Body moulds are a perfect tool for anybody interested in homemade costumes or special effects. The materials needed for this type of project are readily available from online vendors and costume speciality stores, and best of all, they're easy to use. When it comes to ear moulds, you must take extra precautions to prevent potential damage to the ear canal as the materials used to make the mould can drip inside. As long as you take care, however, making an ear mould is a safe and quick process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ear plug
  • Swimming cap
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Plastic cup
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Moulding powder
  • Water
  • Whisk

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put an ear plug in your ear to block the canal. Pour a small amount of water in your ear to ensure that liquid cannot pass through the ear plug. The liquid solution used to create an ear mould may cause damage if it gets into your ear canal.

  2. 2

    Put on a swimming cap to protect your hair. If any hair sticks out, cover it in petroleum jelly to prevent the moulding solution from sticking to it.

  3. 3

    Cut the bottom out of a plastic cup with a knife. The cup must be large enough to fit over your entire ear. Rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly onto the rim of the cup.

  4. 4

    Combine 1 cup of lukewarm water and 1/3 cup of moulding powder in a bowl. Note that ratio may differ with some brands of moulding powder, so check the label to make sure this ratio will work for your product. Whisk the ingredients together until it has a uniform consistency and no air bubbles.

  5. 5

    Tilt your head to the side and press the rim of the cup tightly against your head. Make sure your entire ear is inside the cup.

  6. 6

    Pour the moulding solution into the cup so it covers your entire ear. If possible, have somebody else pour the mixture into the cup for you. Keep the cup pressed as tightly as possible against your head to reduce the amount of spillage.

  7. 7

    Hold the cup in place until the mould hardens, usually five to six minutes.

  8. 8

    Remove the cup and gently peel the mould off your ear. Be careful when you remove the mould to prevent damage. Let the mould dry for at least three hours before you handle it again.

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