Imagine how cool it would be to have a cast of your own head! Today we’re going to show you how to make exactly that. If you want to get a cast of your face made it would be easier for you to tell someone else to do all the steps given below on your face instead of you doing it yourself which is nearly impossible. So, if you’re ready to take up the challenge, read more to find out how it is made!
Products needed for this DIY project:
1. Silicone mixture
2. Plaster sheets
4. Expanding foam
Let’s get started with our DIY project!
First, you need to put a bald cap onto the person so that all his hair won’t get pulled out by the silicone because that would be a disaster. You can use any other material other than latex for the cap because the latex interferes with the silicone curing process. Once the cap is on, trim the edges so that it fits your head perfectly and use some spirit gum to glue it down in place.
Next, you need to start preparing your silicone mixture to make your silicone mold. You could use any silicone available in your nearest store for this DIY project. Mix all the materials in the ratio as mentioned on the box of your silicone mold mixture. But make sure to make this in batches, that is, make some and then use it and then proceed to make some more of the silicone mixture since these dry and harden pretty quickly.
Now that the silicone mixture is ready it’s time for the most interesting or rather the most intimidating part: covering the person’s whole face up with this silicone mold! Start by applying a thin layer using some popsicle sticks to the neck or wherever you want your silicone mold to end. Then making your way to the back of the head cover the whole latex cap with a thin layer of this silicone mixture. Lastly, start applying a thin layer on the face. Try to get into the nooks and crannies of the face so that the mask can pick up all the details and turn out to be as accurate as possible. Once you’ve applied one thin layer all over, go over the whole thing and put at least two to three more layers so that our silicone mask doesn’t become too thin and tear.
Next, we need to use plaster sheets to put over the silicone mold so that when we remove the silicone mold we have another harder mold to put it into so that it retains its shape. For this, you will need to cut the plaster sheets into thin strips and put each strip into the water before putting it on the silicone mold. We’ll make this in two halves so that it’s easy to remove. To make the first half, start covering the silicone at the back of the head with these plaster strips. Once that is done apply some Vaseline to the separation line and put some tissue paper on it. Then repeat the same process for the front of the face until everything is covered. Use a generous amount of these strips so that the mold is strong.
Once the plaster has dried and hardened, remove both the halves carefully so that it doesn’t break. We also need to remove the silicone mold from the person’s face. To remove it, cut a zig-zag line at the back of the mask and carefully pull off the rest. We’re cutting it in a zig-zag line so that it joins right back when we put it in the plaster mold. Once removed, put the silicone mold between the two halves of the plaster mold so that it retains its form and details. Drill some screws into the plaster just halfway through to hold it together. Also, put some clay into the nostrils section of the mold so that the cast doesn’t leak out from anywhere.
To make a quick cast we will be using an expanding foam but you could use any other material you want. Once the mixture has been made, slowly pour the mixture into the mold from the top edge. Spin the mold around so that the cast goes into every nook and cranny and no detail is left out. Leave this aside to dry for some time. After a while, you will see that the foam is starting to expand and fill the whole mold. Once it has fully expanded you need to remove it from the mold carefully. For this, first, you will have to remove the screws, take off the plaster mold, then cut open the silicone mold to finally reveal your final cast!
Important things to keep in mind while making this mold:
Make sure that you don’t cover the nostrils as the person needs an outlet to breathe.
Ask the person to sit as still as possible as any movements could spoil the process.
Keep talking to the person and reassuring them because being under layers of silicone and plaster could be intimidating.
If the person has any problems with claustrophobia, then avoid trying to make a mold of their head.
Always do this under an adult’s supervision.
The cast of your head is now ready! Whether you’re just fascinated and want to make a cast of your own head or you need it for a project may be to make a helmet for yourself, we’re pretty sure that you’ll have a lot of fun making it! Show it off to your friends and family or even use it to scare little kids playfully. Enjoy your latest creation!
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