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Re: Plaster-cast masks

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Hingham - Foster - Cynthia - McKeon (cmckeon)
Thu, 13 May 1999 14:36:10 +0100


I did this in college. We used the pink, minty stuff that dentists use
(to do mouth molds) - we didn't need to use vaseline, as the stuff peels
right off - we put straws in our noses, on our backs, and had someone
pour the pink stuff on. Went over with gauze strips to form a cradle.
A few minutes later the strips harden, and you sit up. The pink stuff
comes off pretty easily, then pour plaster into it. Every pore shows up
on these, and you feel as if you have had a minty facial! After the
plaster sets, you pull it out, and you can let the pink stuff dry a bit,
and it shrinks, then you can pour more plaster in to make shrunken
heads! (this was really fun). The best part was that we then built up
plasticine on top of the plaster heads (make a larger nose/baggy eyes,
etc.), covered the plaster heads with vaseline, built up edges with more
plasticine, then poured plaster on top. We now had a negative which we
brushed on latex, and had theatrical pieces exactly to fit our own
faces. While this was a theater make up course, this could be adapted
to working with paper pulp, other fun things having to do with mask
making.

Cynthia, south of boston.

> YOu could
> even do sections of the face so the person is not covered completely
> at one time.Sounds like a great time to introduce make up artists
> and rubber for making noses lips and faces. YOu know special effects
> make up.
> Sandra
> astroboy