Torso casting is a popular craft for expectant mothers who want to capture their baby-bump in plaster. Creating a plaster bandage cast of your own torso is a craft that will require the help of a partner. The plastering process will take about 30 minutes, so make sure you don't have anywhere important to be --- this is a project you can't take a break from.
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Things you need
- Plastic dust sheet
- Jar of petroleum jelly
- Pair of gloves
- 3 or 4 rolls of plaster cast material
- Sanding screen
- Basin of warm water
- A person to help you
Protect your work area using the plastic dust sheet. Plaster casting can be a very messy craft, so if you want to avoid extensive cleanup, prep the area in advance.
Fill the basin with warm water and cut the plaster bandages into strips about 12 to 18 inches in length.
Remove clothing from the area of your torso that you wish to cast. Plaster casting works best on bare skin because it allows for more detail and your clothes will not get ruined. Depending on how much of your torso you want casted, it is suggested you be very comfortable with your helper.
Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the skin that is to be cast. This will prevent small hairs from becoming trapped in the plaster and having to be painfully ripped out later.
Have your helper put on the gloves and wet single strips of plaster at a time, placing them over the torso. To maximise the strength of the cast, several strips should be layered on top of each other.
Wait until the cast is dry and have your partner carefully pry it off the torso. Stuff the underside of the cast with crumpled newspaper and sit it out to dry for a minimum of 48 hours.
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