File puptcrit/puptcrit.0602, message 65

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Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 03:55:27 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Masks (cause they're like puppet faces)

Thanks laura.
As for the plaster mold, it was done simply.
I did not need the pores o the skin, just enough definition for the features 
and all volumes accurate.
So we used regular plaster bandages, making sure to press into all detils 
well, and using small pieces at first.
We used 3-4 layers of bandages.
The we let stand, removed, raised the edges to make an even mold to have a 
level mold, so that the face will look straight up, not at an angle(cause 
that's very annoying).

Then it's a bit of sanding, spackling to fill some holes.
The nose holes should be filled from outside, but pushed into the nostrils 
to really have the holes where they belong. We did not do that, and I had to 
pierce the holes myself after.

Vaseline inside the mold, and throwing liquid plaster and blowing into the 
details. Then it's pouring slowly,
about halfway to the mold. then play with plaster by raising it to the 
sides, and keep at it until it's set enough to stay put. I now always make 
my plaster forms hollow. but it should always be at least 1.5 inches thick.

Always only prepare enough plaster for one mold at a time. It does seem to 
take forever to set, but it speeds up near the end. i wasted lots of plaster 
my last time, beciuse I mixed too much.
the more palster, the faster it sets. Chemical reaction I'm told.

I used #1 molding plaster for the latest heads, and it really works better, 
and is cheaper than hardeware store plaster!

Hope this helps.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027 

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