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How to make a plaster hand sculpture

Make a Plaster Hand Sculpture

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Assemble Supplies as listed

Assemble Supplies as listed

Cut plaster into 1 to 2 inch strips

Cut plaster into 1 to 2 inch strips

Coat non-dominant hand in lotion or Vaseline

Coat non-dominant hand in lotion or Vaseline

Immerse strip completely in water

Immerse strip completely in water

Choose hand position and begin applying plaster strips ensuring that your hand stays still in its position

Choose hand position and begin applying plaster strips ensuring that your hand stays still in its position

After each strip application, smooth the strip until all holes have become blended into one opaque strip

After each strip application, smooth the strip until all holes have become blended into one opaque strip

Continue applying strips to hand, ensuring that each piece overlaps the one placed before it

Continue applying strips to hand, ensuring that each piece overlaps the one placed before it

Continue applying and smoothing strips

Continue applying and smoothing strips

Be sure to view your hand from all directions to avoid leaving any part of the hand undone

Be sure to view your hand from all directions to avoid leaving any part of the hand undone

When the entire hand has been covered, apply a second or even third layer of plaster

When the entire hand has been covered, apply a second or even third layer of plaster

Once your hand is completely coated with 2-3 layers of plaster, hold it still and let it dry for 5-10 minutes

Once your hand is completely coated with 2-3 layers of plaster, hold it still and let it dry for 5-10 minutes

Put unused plaster away, throw away all trash and empty water container

Put unused plaster away, throw away all trash and empty water container

When your hand can wiggle in sculpture without disturbing its form, begin to try to separate hand from the plaster walls

When your hand can wiggle in sculpture without disturbing its form, begin to try to separate hand from the plaster walls

Carefully begin to pull sculpture from your hand

Carefully begin to pull sculpture from your hand

Completely remove sculpture

Completely remove sculpture

Let sculpture dry completely overnight

Let sculpture dry completely overnight

Paint or decorate according to project requirements

Paint or decorate according to project requirements

  • 1.0 Container of Water
  • 1.0 Roll of Plaster
  • 1.0 Pair of Scissors
  • 1.0 Trash Bag (to cover surface)
  • Lotion or Vaseline