Last Updated: Saturday September 13th. Tutorial written by Aaron and Ia Brueckman


STEPTASK TOTAL TIMEPROGRESS
1Facial Cast1-2 hourscompleted
2Solid Castn/an/a
3Clay molding of Lekkun/an/a
4Latexn/an/a
5Paintingn/an/a
6Leather wraps and Finishingn/an/a





STEP STATS
Prep Time30 min
Process time1 hr
STAFF 1 subject being molded, 1 to apply Media
Cure Timeset: 15 min per section;
Cure: 24-48 hours depending on media or product
Supplies Needed PREP: Vaseline or petroleum Jelly; method to retain hair; plastic (Saran) wrap; medical tape; ear plugs; straws
MEDIA: Large Bowl for warm water
TOOLS: Butter knife or screw driver; pencil or sharpie; scissors;



TIPS:
- gently place medical tape on face, do not stretch, pat down wrinkles in tape (more comfortable in the long run)
- sit while completely taped up for 10-15 minutes to test claustrophobic tendencies

WARNING!
Do not attempt this task if you are the least bit claustrophobic!

SECURE ALL FACIAL HAIR:
- Secure Hair up in bun.
- cover with plastic wrap and wrap medical tape around base of bun over the syran wrap.
- With medical tape, secure plastic wrap down over hair covering all hair (make sure there are NO stray hairs sticking out!).
- cover ears with the plastic wrap. Any aditional hair showing, cover with medical tape
- place Medical Tape over Eyebrows and any aditional facial hair.
SEAL FACE:
- cut ear plugs down to nostril size and place one in each nostril
- Use Medical tape to fully enclose nostrils and secure the ear (nose) plugs
- place medical tape over eyelashes and eyelids and a second layer over top of eyelids (this is a sensitive skin area, this prevents irritation)
- cut straws in 3 in segments and lay flat and tape together with medical tape place straws in mouth and tape them to mouth.
- Have someone blow around it to see if air seeps in. If air seeps in plaster will too
- cover all medical tape, and skin with vaseline
PREPARE MEDIA

- cut media into strips acording to pakage directions
- be sure to have enough strips for the project ready at the very beginning, as you don't want to take time to cut more in the middle of the project
- prepare a large bowl of warm water
COMPLETE BACK SIDE OF CAST

Do not cover hair bun, this hole will be "handled" later.

Apply media to back half of head

- start with small 1/2" wide strips, about 3-4" long each, surround the bun, and create a 'spider-web' type of frame to provide the basic structure for the cast
- for the first 3-4 layers, use 3" wide strips, about 6-8" long and use these to create the entire layer
- the final layer is made of 6" wide strips, 10-12" long, for a top layer to hold everything else together.
- typically 4-5 layers will be enough to make a sturdy casting
- be sure to put the split line at a spot that will make for easy disassembly later, such as just behind the ears (front half of cast will cover the ears)

Allow about 15 minutes for the final layer of the cast to dry before continuing
SEAM:

Use a layer of plastic wrap to make your "seam"
- add another layer of plastic around the entire back of the head, so that none of the first cast is exposed
- this will provide a split line for the front half of the cast to easily separate without getting stuck on your head!



Apply media to front half of head
- start with the 1/2" by 3" strips and create an x-shape over the nose and center of the face
- line the edges of the front half of the cast, and the chin with these small strips again
- next apply the 3-4 layers of 3" by 6" strips
- apply the final layer of 6" by 12" strips

Allow a good 15-20 minutes for the cast to dry, as the bottom layer may still be wet even if the outer layer feels completely dry

REMOVAL:

use a sharpie or pencil to mark lines across seams to align casting back together after removal.
use a screw driver or butter knife to loosen seam

pieces will seem stuck at first as they are suctioned to you head. gently wiggle to remove

FINISHING:

- on the outside of cast piees, cover holes with duck tape

- from the inside of the cast fill in holes carefully with additional media
Do not stack material in further than the walls of the casting (this will create dents int he surface of the mold)
- allow to dry for 7 minutes
- remove duck tape and cover outside of filled in area with overlapping media pieces

- aligning hatch lines on seam of mold, place pieces together and let fully dry. (to keep shape while drying)
- after fully dry, duck tape seams together and around the mold to hold it securely




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Prep Time30 min
Process time1 hr
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Prep Time30 min
Process time1 hr
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Prep Time30 min
Process time1 hr
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STEP STATS
Prep Time30 min
Process time1 hr
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STEP STATS
Prep Time30 min
Process time1 hr
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TIPS:
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WARNING!
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