I highly recommend you make a mold of hands with some of the
life-casting materials that are available. Then slip cast the hands
with clay. Ceramic hands will be a better choice to withstand the
constant stream of water - and will give you precise detail.
Let me see if I can get Gregg Lugginbuhl, Bluffton University Prof and
ceramic artist to help you. He made life casts in ceramic for his
"Creation" series (cast his children's hands).
I know him.... I will contact him and send your information. Do let me
know if you hear from him (smile).
Note: posting this to the list as I feel many would benefit from
seeing Gregg's work. If anyone responds, please do not post my email
address. Simply highlight it and remove it from your post.
On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Rebecca Burch wrote:
> I am participating in an art exhibit based on the Stations of the
> Cross. My station is "Jesus is Judged by Pontius Pilate," and I want
> to do a fountain, with cast hands being "washed' by a constant stream
> of water.
> What would be the best way to cast actual human hands and add water to
> the piece? I want detail -- skin wrinkles, etc... I am thinking of
> plaster casts that are sealed somehow, but is there another medium
> that might be a better choice? I would probably rig a fountain kit to
> go into the piece so the water constantly pours over the hands, and
> build a shrine around the hands to hide the mechanical stuff.